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A Wartime Childhood on the South Coast

During the Battle of Britain we would hide in the meter cupboard as the enemy bombers flew overhead London...

Village War Recollections

While on the bus I saw a low flying aircraft dropping a bomb which bounced near the ruins in Cowdray Park...

An Evacuee's Tale

Apart from the tiny lady dressed in black with a lacy mantilla over her white hair, there was the tall...

One Frightened Child

The society was the Waif and Strays, but later changed its name to The Church of England Children's...

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Watson Family Military Service

My father, John Watson was born in Leek signed onto The Royal Marines, under age, during World War 1. The...

Journey into the Unknown

From there to Brickwall House, Northiam, North of Eastbourne, where on 15th September,1940 we had a...

Wartime Brighton

The war struck in our district, with a bit of machine gunning by Germans back to their base, a lot were...

Winged Chariots -Part 5: Tigers Terrify Brighton

However, as it so happened on or two noughts seemed to have been missed off the altimeters and the people...

German ‘Tip and Run Raiders’ over Hove in 1943icon for Story with photo

The best book I know on this is "Luftwaffe Fighter-Bombers over Britain - The Tip and Run Campaign,...

Childhood Separation

The sinking of a large ship carrying children to Canada by a German submarine and further such passages...

WW2 - A SCHOOLBOY EVACUEE'S EXPERIENCE

As German air raids intensified against the SE of England, the area soon became known as 'bomb...

Old Soldier

Born in 1890 in Brighton Sussex Harry Cowley's early memories are of a Victorian England so...

Evacuation Memories of the Sweeney's

My brother Danny and my sister Pat moved back to London shortly after that. Once the bombing had ended, the...

'Kenley Lass' and 'Phillipe'

After the pick-up time was delayed by bad weather, a bird arrived at her loft in East Grinsted at 16.30hrs...

Royal Marine Retired to Brighton

My parents moved my elder brother, David, three years my senior and I to Brighton, as they leased a...

A BOY'S STORY OF WW2

As our home was in Croydon, South London, my parents considered it to dangerous for me and my two elder...

Evacuation: From South London to Worthing

I remember being on West Norwood, London SE, railway station, with my two brothers, one older one younger,...

Don Jennings Experiences of the Waricon for Story with photo

Several months prior to D-day I was engaged in training to waterproof vehicles. I used to take the vehicles...

Wartime schoolboy:In Midhurst

Initially we had a girls' school from London, Lady Margarets, evacuated on us... Later on the buzz...

Memories of Wartime in Sussex

As our small group noisily crossed the Old Shoreham Road heading for Olive Road, which is a fairly steep...

A Seaside Landlady

After D-day Mum was asked to have sailors who would be attending the “King Alfred” in Hove......

My war experience in the VAD( Voluntary Aid Detachment)

They were not taken to the basement as the Colonel said that the Germans are bombing us so what was the...

My Memories of Evacuation

Originally the school was sent to Chailey, but it was soon realised by the authorities that the village...

'I didn't like the country'; A Westminster Girl Returns to London by Stella Aiken

'I didn't like the country'; A Westminster Girl Returns to London by Stella Aiken. Many of the...

The Day The Sky Almost Fell

It happened one night that a doodlebug's petrol tank was perforated by British bullets and leaked...

A determined Yank called Joe

I didn't do it a second time, mum dad and sister Pat was on me like a ton of bricks, and poor...

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