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15 October 2014
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Stockport Libraries
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Stockport Library and Information Service has signed up to support the People's War project by promoting it throughout the Stockport community and supporting people who wish to contribute their own memories of World War Two to the People's War website.

The Library and Information Service is being supported during this project by its partners in Age Concern, Stockport and the Museum Service.

There are different ways that you can contribute your own memories:-

If you know how to use computers and have your own email address you can set up your own personal page on the website where you can post up your memories. Other people can visit this page and read your memories and respond to them.

If you are not very confident with computers you can still contribute to the People's War by contacting Linda Paton at Stockport Library Service (tel 0161 474 2251).
All the stories posted up on this section of the site are created by members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of Stockport Library and Information Service.

Stop Press: The Heroes Return Project
We have just heard that £10 million is being made available from the National Lottery Fund to enable UK residents who saw active service or who were involved with the British or Allied Forces in World War Two to apply for grants to visit battlefield areas where they saw action. The amounts involved will depend on how far afield you need to travel and whether you are intending to take a partner and or a carer. You need to contact the Veterans Agency on 0800 169 2277 who will then pass on your details to the National Lottery. You will then receive an application form and information pack telling you more about the process.

Stockport Local Heritage Library would like to share with you some of interesting items about World War Two, many of which have been donated by the public and members of staff.

These include:
- Letters to Stockport Sunday School from members serving in the forces
- Photographs of service women
- Photographs from the Stockport Air Raid Shelters
- Adverts for cinemas and theatre bills
- Extracts from contemporary newspapers and school log books
- A list of Channel Island evacuees
- Ration books and wartime recipes from local newspapers
- Photographs of women working on the manufacture of ‘sticky bombs’ at Kay Brothers in Stockport.

Donations to our collection are always welcome.

Recently, staff at the Local Heritage Library have made available to the public an extensive collection of WW1 and WW2 biographies.
The Biographies contain all the information that library staff have been able to find on local people involved in the wars.

Sources used include:
- Local Newspapers – e.g. The Stockport Advertiser and The Stockport Express
- The Cheshire Year Book
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- War Memorial Listings

Stockport Local Heritage Library has also published a number of books relating to this period:

Hazel Grove at War Again by John Eaton
Biographies of Hazel Grove casualities, includes a general introduction to wartime Hazel Grove

One Child's War by Elizabeth Chapman
Memories of a wartime childhood in Stockport

Stockport's Hidden Army by The Hidden Army Group
Women of Stockport in the Second World War and on the Home Front

Surviving the Blitz by Graham Nicholson
The story of Stockport’s tunnel air raid shelters

Also available are facsimile newspapers

The Blitz Edition – Stockport Express 26th December 1940
The D Day Edition – Stockport Advertiser 9th June 1944
The VE Day Edition – Stockport Express 10th May 1945

For more information about the above please contact 0161 474 4447.

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Stories contributed by Stockport Libraries

Kit Tanner: A Hero of the Battle of Crete
Stockport Express Christmas 1945
Bailey bridges, built by Thomas Storey Ltd, Stockport
Sticky bombs, manufactured by Kay Brothers, Stockport
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Memories of a Lancaster Bomber Pilot by Leslie Landells
A Cat Evacuated from Dunkirk, 1940icon for Recommended story
Harvest Camps by Jean Ramsell
Lancaster Bombers and Operation Dodge by Richard Gration
Ernest Potts, a Bristol Beaufighter navigator escapes from Italy by Kathryn Waterhouse
Diary of My Service in the RAF by Charles Neill
Trying to trace Roy Daffern
Fred McEwan and the Home Guard Rescue the Caretaker's Family at Hulme Town Hall
A R.A.F. barber at Hooton Park by Bill Stafford
A R.A.F. Barber in Normandy After the Landings by Bill Stafford
RAF Barber in Belgium After the Liberationicon for Recommended story
A R.A.F. Barber in Occupied Germany by Bill Stafford
Air raids in Dukinfield by Pat Plant
A R.A.F. Barber - Romance and Marriage in Occupied Germany by Bill Stafford
Wartime Crumpsall by Elsie Bamforth
A Child's Memories of the Manchester Blitz by Jack Oldham
War work in Ellesmere, Shropshire by Gwen Comericon for Recommended story
I Was A Predictor For 418 Ack-Ack Battery by Frances Mills (nee Davies)
Bombs on Ashton New Road
Memories of life in wartime Manchester by May Barlow
Memories of a Desert Rat by Albert Newton
Memories of Life in Wartime Stockport by "Peasticks"
The Tragic Wartime Romance of Norman Battersby and Eileen Smith
A Teenager in wartime London 1939-42 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Serving in the W.A.A.F. at Morecambe in 1942 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Working at the Air Ministry Unit and Norfolk House by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Working for General Eisenhower at Bushey Park on Operation Overlord by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)icon for Recommended story
Serving with the A.E.A.F. in France 1944 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
The German Surrender and End of the War in Europe by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Repatriating Allied Prisoners of War in France 1945 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Working in Occupied Germany in 1945 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Meeting Bill Stafford, my future husband, in Bad Eilsen by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Engagement and Marriage in occupied Germany 1946 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Demobilisation and return to the U.K. by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)
Heaton Moor Home Guard by Joe Carley
Manchester Blitz by Joe Carley
The Faith of a Child - Light in Darkness
A Home Guard in the 71st Manchester Heavy Ack Ack Battery by Joe Carley
A cat evacuated from Dunkirk by Norman Battersby
A Home Guard Ack Ack Gunner in London by Joe Carley
The Home Guard Stand-down Parade in Manchester by Joe Carley
Life as an Evacuee in Nelson by Jean Warhurst (nee Schuster)
Childhood memories of wartime Hazel Grove and Great Moor by Joan Phipps (nee Smith)
A Wireless Operator/Signaller at the Normandy Landings by Arthur Berryicon for Recommended story
War Work at Metro Vicks, Trafford Park icon for Recommended story
A wartime childhood in the Salford Docks by Doreen Millington (nee Pennington)
Enlisting for the R.A.F. by Edward Horgan
Safety under the stairs by "Betty M"
The Battle of Colombelles by Arthur Berry
My service in the Royal Navy by Philip Burgess
Serving with the ATS in 1942-46 by Joyce Scott (nee Bucklow)
Recollections of the end of the Second World War by David Reid
Childhood Memories by David Dunne
My Uncle Bert's war work
Stan escapes from Poland and finds love in Scotland
Alice's life in wartime Edmonton
Memories of an evacuee's life in Norfolk by Margaret Boon (nee Webb)icon for Story with photo
The Blitz in Moston by "Porridge"
Memories of a Childhood in Wartime Leek
The Heroes Return Project
An Evacuee's Memories of Wartime Leek
My Experiences of the Second World War in the Scottish Horse Artillery by John Armitt
Memories of a Childhood in Wartime Manchester by Hilda Burns
A Child's Memories of Wartime Cheadle Hulme by Lew Grepp
A Wireless Operator/Signaller at the Normandy Landings by Arthur Berry
Memories of a Childhood in Wartime Manchester by Jean Williams
Memories of a Childhood in Wartime Harpurhey by "Harpurhey Child"
Memories of a Childhood in Wartime Denton by Gordon Taylor
My Wartime Experiences on the Merchant Navy ship "Samselbu" by Capt Michael Furlong
Kept Safe During the Manchester Blitz by "BK"
Exiled from Poland by Helena Zylkoicon for Recommended story
Not Yet Five, A Backward Glance at Local Wartime Nurseries by Pat Ruaune
Memories Of A Childhood in Wartime Warrington by Olive Scholes
A child in Gorton during World War Two by "Nick"
Night Watch - A Radar Operator Watches As Ships Gather For D-Day Landings by "Radar"
Childhood memories of wartime Salford and the Manchester Blitz by Gordon Graham
A Physical Training Instructor in the RAF by Godfrey Roylance
Wartime memories by Dorothy Roylance (nee Jeffrey)
Wartime food shortages by "Joy"
Servicing Wellington Bombers and "B" Vehicles by Pat Bristow (nee Hordley)
My wartime service in the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy by William McGregor
"HMS Jason" comes under friendly fire after the D-Day landings by Thomas Jackson
Childhood memories of wartime Edgeley by Ken Heath
Serving with the ATS by "Terry"
Manchester children evacuated to Poynton, Cheshire by Peter Heaton
Wartime Memories of an ARP in Reddish by Gladys Jackson (nee Fearnley)
A Motor Mechanic’s Memories of the Second World War by Jack Williams
Radio star by Pamela Holden (nee Allen)icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
A Little Girl's Wartime Memory of Visiting Ships in Barry Dock by Jacqueline Brooks (nee Kathrens)
Admiral Doenitz' Arrest by Jacqueline Brooks (nee Kathrens)
The Bombing Raids Over Portsmouth by Sydney Johnson
Celebrating My Birthday During an Air-Raid in Portsmouth by Sydney Johnson
War story from Portsmouth by Sydney Johnson
Memories of the War From a Young Woman in India by Joan Wakefield (nee Cambay)
Incendiary Bombs Fall on River Street, Stockport by Marian Ryan (nee Arrowsmith)
A Child's Memories of Wartime Oxford by Sylvia Newton (nee Green)
Water shortages during the Manchester Blitz by "B.K."
Celebrating My 21st Birthday in May 1945 by "B.K."
Serving in the Netherlands Merchant Navy during the war by Nicolas Wensveenicon for Recommended story
Joining the W.A.A.F. and Training at West Drayton 1940 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. at Martlesham Heath 1940 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. at R.A.F. Coltishall 1940 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. at R.A.F. Kirton Lindsey 1943, Part One by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. at R.A.F. Coltishall 1941-42 by Mary Blood (Nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. at R.A.F. Kirton Lindsey 1943, Part Two by Mary Blood (Nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. at R.A.F. Kirton Lindsey 1944 by Mary Blood (Nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. in Brussels 1945 by Mary Blood (Nee Pettit): Working for the Air Publications Distribution Uniticon for Recommended story
A WAAF in Brussels, VE Day 1945icon for Recommended story
A W.A.A.F. Meets Her Future Husband, Brussels 1945 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. On Leave With Her Fiance 1945 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. in Buckeburg, Germany 1945 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
A W.A.A.F. Gets Demobilised and Married 1945 by Mary Blood (nee Pettit)
Memories of My Uncle John's War by Sheila Moorby (Nee Lea)
Two Evacuations by "Phil": France 1940 and Java 1942
A "Doodle Bug" falls on Adswood, Stockport by "Marjorie"
Saving Lives with Special Flying Suits by "Marjorie"icon for Recommended story
Billy Gibbs the Cat Ate Our Dinner by "Joy"
A Child's Memories of Wartime Liverpool: Sheltering from the Blitz
The Manchester Blitz 22nd/23rd December 1940 by Alan Lambert
Ethel Bardsley, a Queen Alexandra nurse at Belsenicon for Story with photo
Manchester Children Evacuated to Uttoxeter in 1939 by Alan Lamberticon for Story with photo
Three Cheers For Colour-Blindness by "Eric Sparky"
Harry Blood's War Part 1 - Call up and initial training, 1940
Harry Blood's War Part 2 - Voyage to North Africa Part 1, April - May 1941
Harry Blood's War Part 3: Serving in North Africa, 1941
Harry Blood's War Part 4 - Serving in North Africa, 1942
Great Moor Library in the Second World War by Elsie Howard (Nee Walker)
I Join the Army (The Sherwood Foresters) Fred Hirst's Story Part 1
Harry Blood's War Part 5: Serving in the Middle East, 1942-43
Harry Blood's War Part 6: Voyage to Salerno in Italy, 1943icon for Recommended story
Fred Hirst's Part 2 Serving with the Sherwood Foresters in Tunisia 1943 and Capture by the Germans
Fred Hirst's Story Part 3: Life in an Italian POW Camp 1943icon for Recommended story
Fred Hirst's Story Part 4 An Escaped POW in Italy
Harry Blood's War Part 7: Serving in Naples, 1943-45
Harry Blood's War Part 8: Serving in Belgium and Germany, 1945icon for Recommended story
Harry Blood's War Part 9: Postings in England, 1945-46
A landmine falls on Norton Street, Old Trafford by "David"
A Schoolchild's Memories of the Second World War by "David"
My Grandfather's and My Father's War Stories by "David": Service in the Merchant and Royal Navyicon for Recommended story
Bombs ober Birkenhead by "Jerry"
Harry Blood's War Part 2 - Voyage to North Africa Part 2, June 1941
'Hold her hand and don't let go' by Thomas Rose Pannellicon for Recommended story
The Ouija Board at Chungkai Camp Part 1 by Arthur Laneicon for Recommended story
The Ouija board at Chungkai Camp Part 2 by Arthur Laneicon for Recommended story
The Day I left School, 29 December 1940 by Leslie Robinson
Dog food by Jean Siney (nee Rigden)
"Dieppe Day" by Jean Siney (nee Rigden)
Memories of a Childhood in Wartime Heaviley by Ann Birch (nee Simpson)
The Sinking of the SS 'Vornix'icon for Recommended story
Harold P. Lees war part 2 The health hazards of Indiaicon for Recommended story
Harold P. Lees war part 3 The sights and sounds of Calcutta
I Was a Driver for the Fire Service by Brenda Lees (nee Griffin)
Evacuated to Darwen by Patricia Hayes (nee Roberts)
Memories of the Merseyside Blitz in 1941 by Shirley Cawthra (nee Beardwell)
A Schoolboy's Memories of Wartime Wythenshawe by Alan Riste
A Child's Memories of Wartime Adswood by Bill Birch
Stan Rowley's Experiences with the Manchester Regimenticon for Recommended story
A Schoolgirl’s Memories of Wartime Northenden by Jean Daniel (nee Langshaw)
A Journey With No Signposts by Jean Siney (nee Rigden)
A Queen Alexandra's Nurse in India by Margaret Ledger
September 3rd 1939, by Jean Siney (née Rigden)icon for Recommended story
A Teenager's Memories of Wartime Penang by Cheng Bee Parkericon for Recommended story
One Child's War Part 1 School Bells and Sirens by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 2 A New House in War-time by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 3 Blitzes and Bombshells by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 4 A School at War by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 5 A Wartime Country Holiday by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 6 The Evacuees by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 7 A Family at War by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
One Child's War Part 8 The End of the War by Elizabeth Chapman (nee Goodwin)
Letter to my Husband Christmas 1940 by Brenda Lees
My War Experiences Part 2 by Stan Rowley
Escort duties at Scapa Flow on the "H.M.S. Volage" 1943 by Leslie Atkinson
Serving on "H.M.S. Volage" in the East Indies Fleet 1944 - 45 by Leslie Atkinsonicon for Recommended story
Serving on "H.M.S. Volage" in the Mediterranean 1946 by Leslie Atkinson
Memories of wartime Reddish by "Jeananna"
The Crater - a childhood recollection by Edwin Smith
Home Guard Days in Clayton by Dan MacFarlane
Adelaide's Party by Rob Farley
Memories of Serving with the A.T.S. during 1940.
Life as a Prisoner of War in Germany 1944-45 by Arthur Berry
Escape from Germany 1945 by Arthur Berry
Serving with the R.A.F. in India 1944 — 1946 by Dr W.D. Cockbain
On the beaches at Dunkirk 27 May - 1 June 1940 by Guy Smith
VJ Day in Abergele by Jean Warhurst (nee Schuster)icon for Story with photo
Memories of life in the Navy by Peter Body
Blitz in Salford by "B.K."
Western Desert Mechanics by Albert Newton
Shot down over Germany by Jay Nash (nee Leslie)
A Bonfire over Bromyard by Gordon Sharrard
VE Day in the air by Roy Stansfieldicon for Recommended story
Living Through the War by Arthur Barlow
My life when I was evacuated by Sheila Cox (nee Colman)
Rescued Children from POW Camp in Japan by Pat Flynnicon for Story with photo
I was there when the Japanese surrendered by Pat Flynnicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Baby Memories by Paula Rands (nee Roylance)
My VE Day, 1st May 1945, by Fred Hirst
VE Day in Libya by Leo Corcoran
VJ Procession and the Tramps by Gordon Sharrard
Blackout by Emalyn Barlow (nee Quick)
Evacuated to Macclesfield by Maureen Flynn (nee Lomax)
Tales from Ted Holdsworth
Me, Mum and Dad during the War by Margaret Clarke (nee Weaver)
Blackpool War Memories by Stan Prescott
Wartime Memories by Diana Taylor (nee Driver)
My Memories of the War by Roy Waude
The Homecoming by Dorothy Waude (nee Quayle)
My VE Day by Harry Hudson
VE Day in Greece by John Clarke MBE
Roland Moss and Operation Ironclad in Madagascar by David Mossicon for Story with photo
Recollections of Childhood and Early Manhood 1921 — 1940 by Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
Memories of My Time as R.A.F. Ground Staff 1940 - 1941 by Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
Memories of Pilot Training in 1942 by Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
Memories of further Pilot Training in Canada in 1942 by Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
The Story of an R.A.F. Bomber Crew by Pat Dwyer and Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
Bombing Missions over Germany, October 1944icon for Story with photo
Bombing Missions over Germany in 1944-45 by Pat Dwyer and Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
What happened to Les' Bomber Crew after the War Part One by Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
Evacuated to Wilmslow and Macclesfield by Margaret Clarke (nee Weaver)
What happened to Les' Bomber Crew after the War Part Two By Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
Memories of further Pilot Training in Canada in 1942/43 and in the UK Part 1 by Leslie Landells.icon for Story with photo
Memories of further Pilot Training in Canada in 1942/43 and in the UK Part 2 By Leslie Landells.icon for Story with photo
Bomber Pilot Training in the UK 1943/44 by Leslie Landellsicon for Story with photo
A Young Family in Wartime at Crosby by David Huxleyicon for Story with photo

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brief encounter
VJ Day Parade
The Queen of Tonga

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