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A War Baby: In Sunderlandicon for Recommended story

It was known as the being the largest shipbuilding town in the world at that time, for it had seven...

“My War”icon for Recommended story

But I was to be excluded from the ‘fighting’ — I was to travel to Burnhope to collect a...

Pride Before The Fall - A Bevin Boy.icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

When we first got ours I overheard my wife bragging to the next door neighbour one day saying,...

Evacuated from Sunderland Shipyards to Coxhoe, County Durhamicon for Recommended story

We played outside the vicarage while she went in to talk with Mrs Lumley who told her she would like to...

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At the outbreak of the 2nd World War, the Canadian Militia was renamed as the Canadian Army and January...

It was a long time for some dates: Childhood Memories of Bishop Aucklandicon for Recommended story

My mam said he was abroad and they didn't want the Germans to know where my dad was. We put my bike...

WW2 Bomb Sheltersicon for Recommended story

The Victoria Tunnel was built to carry coals from the Spital Tongues Colliery at Newcastle upon Tyne, to...

Royal Ordnance Factoryicon for Recommended story

I worked at the Royal Ordnance factory at Spennymoor. The ROF Regiment were stationed in Spennymoor factory...

Lost in the Blackouticon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

One evening, in December 1940, when I was 11 years old, my friend Fred Harle and I decided to go carol...

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Early School Days in Bishop Auckland

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World War 2 Recollections

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Jimmie's Waricon for Story with photo

The altar servers and the choir were surprised when our parish priest, Father Francis Holmes, invited us...

My Call-Up -Part Two

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Schooldays: In Gateshead and Bishop Auckland

My mother's sister, Nellie Wanless lived in Merriden, Western Australia, together with her husband John...

Sunderland Memories: Childhood Memories

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The Collaborator: Childhood Memories in Bishop Auckland

I was recounting to a small group of people how, as a child, I had walked to school passing the local...

Boy's Own War

Every day we walked in a crocodile to the Baptist Church in Station Road and went down into the basement,...

My Father's War in the Village of Plawsworth

One was the son of a lady in the village and he was shell-shocked after a submarine was hit. German...

Memories of Wartime: A Child in Sunderland

My grandmother was a marvellous person, who had no intention of letting the Germans intimidate her, she...

Joining the Army

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