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15 October 2014
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Who hung Herr Hitler?

Of course, our street, Welfare Street, expected to win as we excelled in talent, especially the Russian...

Evacuee Memories, Bellingham

We were slit up, I was sent to Reedsmouth and my sister went to Bellingham, both in Northumberland... My...

Episodes from an Uncertain Memory 6 'Home'

When I arrived at Lynemouth, My wife Elizabeth, had gone to Ashington to queue outside the butchers to get...

The Iron Phantom of the Desert Pt 1

After the wedding, as we were about to have our meal, there was a knock on the door and two Red Caps...

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Early Days of the War

I was five years old living in Riverview, North Shields, and was playing in the back yard with my brother...

Student Nurse Gladys VE Dayicon for Story with photo

VE Day, May 8th 1945 and Student Nurse Gladys Charters was living in the Nurses Home at South Shields...

What's That Toilet Doing Up There?

All I recall was this toilet in the air, half of the house had been bombed & demolished... My father...

From Evacuation To Incendiary

Unknown to me the Germans had dropped a load of incendiary bombs all down our street... The next day I...

A Night to Remember

My Father was on Air Raid warden duty in the town square, adjacent to the docks, when my Mother and I woke...

Bombings in Walker 1940 and Evacuation to Bolton Gate,Keswick

These bombers started to bomb the houses on Bath Street and Welbeck Road when the gunners spotted the...

Teaching Evacuees

The mixture of evacuees and Wooler children can be described as a new experience for both sets of...

Rationing and Bananas

I could only remember the sign on a fruiter's window which said 'A Hand of Yellow Banana's-...

Wooler Avenue Victory Feteicon for Story with photo

The children's tea-party was held in a large marquee which was erected on a piece of spare ground in...

Through The Eyes Of A Boy.N.E

I was not very pleased at having to walk over a mile into Whitley Bay, but I remember thinking that I may...

Gosforth Park Training Days: 9th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliersicon for Story with photo

1st September 1939 I was called up, my 21st birthday.My training for the army took place in Newcastle...

Jean Lockwood(nee Stott) -R.A.F. Girl

From there I was posted to Acklington in Northumberland and it was a fighter station so we didn't use...

Teaching Children when I was only a Child Myself by Lona Murray

The Irish girls were good workers and we all became good friends, they came from a different world from me...

Wartime Childhood-South Shields

We lived near to the coast in South Shields, and bombs fell all around us: we were told that this was...

Childhood Evacuation

Dictated by Mrs Easter - my most vivid memory is of mum dressing me in a mac and a pair of wellington...

V E DAY MAY 8th 1945icon for Story with photo

It was declared on May 8th 1945 that Winston Churchill would address the nation at 3-o-clock It was a...

The Dark Hole

Safest place in the house, apparently, the cupboard under the stairs known locally as the “dark...

Rabbit Pie?

I remember one afternoon a bomb being dropped near to Dragon Square in Chesterton - it wiped out a whole...

Byker at War

My first direct memory was a Sunday in September when a lady and gentleman dressed in dark blue uniforms...

Potteries at War

I remember hearing the bombs that were dropped in Newcastle where we lived, and one night just after the...

more snippets from my war

Wartime was the first time we had seen nylon stockings, brought home by seafarers. Before the war we bought...

Home-Made Bomb and Other Recollections of the War

My grandmother got such a shock that she flung her arms around my father's neck and screamed “The...

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