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15 October 2014
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CSV Media NI
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CSV Media NI creates opportunities for people to play an active part in the life of their community through media.

CSV Media NI encouraged and enabled hundreds of people from across Northern Ireland — people from veteran’s organisations, care homes, groups that involve older people, as well as individuals — to tell their WW2 stories and record them on the BBC People’s War archive.

We worked in partnership with: the Royal British Legion, the Volunteer Development Agency, Volunteer Bureaux Northern Ireland, Business in the Community, Libraries, Museums & Heritage Centres, Universities & Colleges of Further Education, Veterans Organisations and Organisations involving older people to provide training for over 200 volunteer story-gatherers across Northern Ireland.

The training in interview & story-gathering techniques and People’s War Website navigation helped volunteers to develop their IT and internet skills and enabled them to collect stories and memories at WW2 Events across Northern Ireland and post them on the BBC archive.

The following stories include adult & childhood memories about what it was like to serve in the forces, support the troops behind the front line, “make do” on the home front, or live as an evacuee during World War II.

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Stories contributed by CSV Media NI

Portrush Defendersicon for Story with photo
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (toys)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (air raids)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (the refugees)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (Evacuation)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2(Public Transport and Holidays)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (Rationing)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (garden vegetables and allotments)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (smuggling)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2 (the Blackout)
June Martins Memories of a Belfast Childhood during WW2(VE and VJ day)
June Martin's Childhood Memories of Belfast during WW2
Mary Fitzgerald: an Irish woman in Bergen-Belsen
Bergen-Belsen: Fr Michael Morrisonicon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Belvederians Who Died in the Second World War 1939-45 (2)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (3)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (4)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (5)
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (6)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (7)
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (8)
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (9)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (10)
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (11)
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (12)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (13)icon for Story with photo
Belvederians who died in The Second World War 1939-1945 (14)icon for Story with photo
My Last day as a front line soldier
Sandbag Paddy
The mystery of Brie
Invasion Normandy (Poem)
Have You Heard? (poem)
THE AMERICANS IN MOURNE
Bombing of the Shipyard
US soldiers in the home
Miriam Taylor's Portadown War Memories
HUMAN INTEREST
TWO OUNCES
A Belfast Blitz
“DON’T MENTION THE WAR!”
THE BLITZ — A CHILDHOOD PERSPECTIVE
ANNIE’S WAR TIME MEMORIES
AT HOME AND AWAY
World War 2 Story as told by Greta McDowell
Story of the Virgin Soldier (Trout Tickling)
Story of the Virgin Soldier (France)
Story of the Virgin Soldier (News of the Blitz in Belfast)
Story of the Virgin Soldier
Going to the dentist WW2
The Wreckage
The Footsteps
Knocking Nails into 'Hitler's Coffin'
How Chain-Smoking helped Me become an RAF Pilot!
Ballymena declares war, but life goes on
Petrol Rationing in Ballymena
British Army in Ballymena
Counter-Invasion measures in Northern Ireland
Air Raid Precautions in Ballymena
Rationing in Ballymena
Ballymena in War Time
The Home Guard is disbanded
Ballymena's VE Day celebrations
Home Guard Weaponry
Plane Crashes near Ballymena
Friend or Foe?
The First Troops into Ballymena ...
Celebrity Events in Ballymena
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Burma
The Palace at Jaipur
Hospital in Burma
A Passage to Ceylon
Coming Home After VJ Day
The Forgotten Army
VE Day in the Far East
The Japs after VJ Day
Aftermath of the War
Victim of an Air raid
A Change of Careers
Life in the WAAF
Life as a WAAF radar mechanic
My Career and the "Head" Lineicon for Story with photo
Convoy defencesicon for Story with photo
Being torpedoed mid-Atlanticicon for Story with photo
Imports and Exports in Wartimeicon for Story with photo
My First Ship
The Fall of Singapore
Prisoner of the Japanese
Ireland, North and South - Rationing
Ireland, North and South — Bombing
Ireland, North and South — Black Market
Ireland, North and South — VE Day
Ireland, North and South — The Yanks!
Sabotage in Saigon
Truth about "River Kwai"
Mistreatment by the Japs
Convoys to Murmansk
Nearly Human Target Practice
Frank Rodgers :A Quirk of Fate
A Wartime family
My Wartime Experiences in the A TS
The first time I flew
The Lend-lease Destroyer
RN in the Far East
RN sailors' shore-leave
Cooking in the WAAFs
Joining the RAF in India
Life with the RAF in India
After VJ day for the RAF in India
A Hero's Tragic Death
Air Raid Precautions in Ballymena
Tour of Duty in the WAAFs
Barrage Balloons with the WAAF
Life & Leisure in the WAAF
GIs and Rationing
A Career in the WAAF
Combined Operations training in Burma
Behind the Jap lines in Burma
With The Americans in Burma
Commando Raid on Norway
A Woman in the Engineers
Buzz-Bombs over London
An Ulster Family and WW2
Americans and Italians in Newtownardsicon for Story with photo
Desert Airforce vs Rommelicon for Recommended story
Defusing the UXB at Belfast Waterworks
Defending Ulster from Hitler's Paratroops
A Fireman during the Belfast Blitz
Precautions after the Belfast Blitz
farm life for the evacuee children
Belfast blitz in the Ardoyne
A Southerner in the Belfast Blitz
The WAAF who married a Yank
N Ireland rationing from a Southerner's Perspective
Night of Terror Easter Tuesday 1941
Second World War hardships
V.J. Day signing in Tokyo
The Battle of the Atlantic, from the inside
Life after War
Life after War
Active Service Family
Smuggling "Granny"
Hearing about Dunkirk
Lisburn Factories
Lord Haw-Haw
A Limavady Man in the Navy
Dumping Planes in the Caribbean
Life after the Indian Army
Joining the Indian Army
Arriving in poverty-stricken Malaya
Guerrilla Forces and the Indian Army versus the Japanese
Indian Army Troops
Indonesians Independence
Luckily, a Chinese Welcome instead of a Japanese one
Big Hole in the Roof
German POW's in Belfast
Derry a Busy Place in Wartime
Forty-eight People Killed In East Belfast on Easter Tuesday
Limavady Man in Egypt, Underage
Return to Alexandria
No Guns to Shoot With!
A Huge Welcome Home for Three Soldiers
Alex Dicksons wartime memories (joining up and training)icon for Story with photo
H.M.S. Speedwell - A True Shaggy Dog Story
The Inverted Evacuee
An amazing coincidence
"Known Onto God"icon for Story with photo
Evacuated from Belfast
An Urchin in the Belfast Blitz
The Yanks in Belfast
Saved by HMS Aurora
The Long March of the Irish Guards
An Ulsterman posted to India
Meeting Vera Lynn, Freddy Mills ... and the Yanks!
Everest from 20,000 feet
From Ulster to Africa
Meeting the Brigadier
Clearing the German minefields
From Sicily to Austria
Yanks & Jerries
Young Belfast Boy
Wartime Ferry
Entertaining Evenings in the country
Entertaining Evenings
A Close Call in Sandy Row
Hiding in the Coal Hole
Evacuations and separations
Schooling for Evacuees
Townies in the Country
VE Celebrations at City Hall
Parsnip Sandwiches?!
Wartime Humour
Watching the Bombers Coming In
Blackouts
Parties for the End of the War
An Irishman in the British Army
Eisenhower in Belfast
Fatal Blasts so Close By
Supplying Goods to the Sea Folk
Born With a Lucky Cap
Experiences of a ARP Warden
A Harrowing Account of the Belfast Blitz
Living Close to the Factories
Evacuated with the Kids
The Definitive Guide to Smuggling
British Soldiers Staying in Dublin
The War From the Country
A Random Bomb Dropped in Lisburn
Country Rationing and Ways Around Iticon for Recommended story
Practising the Art of Smuggling
Soldiers in Lisburn
Travelling Home on a Blacked-Out Bus
Leo "The Cat"
A Criticism of the Dambusters
From the Declaration of War to the Blitz
The War from a Grammar Schoolboy's perspective
Joining the ARP
In Victoria Barracks during the Blitz
Duck and Cover
Makeshift Morgueicon for Story with photo
Evacuation from Belfast
Belfast Blitzicon for Story with photo
A young woman during the war
Girl cyclists touring Ireland
A family in the Belfast Blitz
Black Market in Belfast
Nursing German POWs
R&R for a Nurse in Belfast
Machine-Gunned in the Street
Evacuated to Bangor
Rationing in Bangor
Wartime in Bangor
Safety in the Shelters
Wartime Industry in Belfast
Barter System in Belfast
Social Life in Belfast
Homecoming from Italian POW Camp
Watching the Belfast Blitz from Afar
Rebuilding the Belfast community after the Blitz
Community Spirit During the Belfast Blitz
Preparing Defences for the Belfast Blitz
Country Life for City Folk
Rationing & Black Market in Belfast
Wartime in Belfast
Childhood during Wartime
Dairy farm in the centre of Belfast!
Indian Rope Trick
Defending Portstewart Strand from the Nazisicon for Story with photo
American losses in N Irelandicon for Story with photo
Join the Army, See The World
Peace & Quiet in Portstewarticon for Story with photo
From Boarding School to Victoryicon for Story with photo
Codeword Cromwell
Royal Ulster Rifles at Sword Beach & Cams Woodicon for Story with photo
Penicillin,the wonder-drug
ARP in Aldershot
Sugar Train to Bundoran
Yanks on maneuvres in County Tyroneicon for Story with photo
An Ulsterman's Travels in India
Dropping Agents for the SOE
Reasons to take German classes!icon for Story with photo
Life in an Irish Border Town
Flying-Boats on Lough Erne
Childhood during the Belfast Blitz
Schoolboys during the Belfast Blitz
Surviving the War in Lisburnicon for Story with photo
A trip around the war-scarred world
McSorleys' Miracle
Air-Raid Shelters on the Falls Road
A Sense of Community down the Falls Road
My Father worked for the Yanks
Trading with the German POWs
Barrack-room Lawyers
Blitz on Bangor
Blitz on Woodstock Road
Living in an Orange Hall
Blitzed in Sandy Row
Yanks and GI brides in Sandy Row
Becoming a woman in wartime
Weekend Wedding-rings
Trading Tea for Nylons
bombing and the coal-hole
Hiding your light under a bush
A Free-State Franciscan in the RAFicon for Story with photo
Why Southern Irishmen joined the British Armyicon for Story with photo
an Irish Commando in Franceicon for Story with photo
Why I went from Inniskilling Fusiliers to Indian Artilleryicon for Story with photo
Join the RAF, see the world
Joining the RAF
In the RN from Singapore to Tokyo
Ulsterman in the Battle of the Atlantic
Irish Veteran remembers fallen comrades
Irish Veteran sunk by guided missile
The German bombing of Dublin
Unusual Start to an RAF Career
Irish Military History and the Victoria Crossicon for Story with photo
Childhood in a Japanese Concentration Camp
A Free State electrician in the RAF
Why a Free State boy joined the RAF
From Dublin to Dunkirk - and back!
Hostile Homecoming for Irish veterans
Irish veteran of the Convoys and D-Day
Far from Homeicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorrins' Story: part 1 - Waricon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 2 - The Unknown Soldiericon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 3 - Franceicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 4 - Doullens
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 5 - Capture
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 6 - Stalag XXaicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 7 - BRUSS, SUMMER, 1940icon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 7a - BRUSSicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 8 - Mecikalicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 9 - LONG AUTUMN 1942icon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 10 - NEUE BLUMENAUicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 11 - The Anti-Nazi germansicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 11a - SYPNIEWO WILKENWALDEicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 12 - Kamienicon for Story with photo
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 13 - Endmarch
Laurie Dorins' Story: Part 14 - Freedom
An Ulster WAAF in England
An English WAAF avoiding Ulster
Meeting Lord Louis Mountbatten
Livin' For nothin' on Malta
Chrissie Hargan’s (nee Conaghan) Story
Tour of Duty with the Canadian Army
A Young Woman in Manchester
We didn't know we were poor
From Seattle to Langford Lodge
Miracles during German Bombing
working for the American Forces
Some Memories from Goshaden P.O. Co Londonderry
BRAVERY IN THE BLITZ
CHRISTMAS WARTIME
CHRISTMAS FARE FROM ACROSS THE WORLD
A WARTIME CHRISTMAS MEMORY
A STORY OF A TREE AT CHRISTMAS
A KILLYLEAGH CHILDHOOD
A FEW REMEMBRANCES OF LIFE DURING THE 1939-45 WAR
BOYHOOD WAR MEMORIES
THE WAR AND MY PART IN ITS DOWNFALL
WOT — NO WASTE?
BOYHOOD WAR MEMORIES
THE WAR AND MY PART IN ITS DOWNFALL
DIGGING FOR VICTORY
APPENDICITIS AND VJ DAY
RANDOM JOTTINGS
THE NEW NEIGHBOURS
THE NURSE WITH THE BEAUTIFUL LEGS
GROWING UP IN WARTIME
WAR BABY
DADDY, WHERE’S YOUR TROOSERS?
BRITISH RESTAURANTS
COOKING MORE CHEAPLY AND SAVING ENERGY
NEAR MISSES
THE NIGHT THE GERMANS BOMBED BANGOR
LONDON CALLING
REMINISCENCES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
MAKE DO AND MEND
THE QUIET MAN
THE GALLOPING MAJOR
TAKING SHELTER
SUBSTITUTES IN COOKERY
MEMORIES OF LONDON IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945
THE MAIL MUST GET THROUGH
GUCCI WAS NEVER LIKE THIS
VE DAY — MAY 1945
WORLD WAR TWO, ME, AND THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
TRAUMA, WHAT TRAUMA?
MESSAGE FOR THE WAITING COLLEENS
World War II Songs
U3A History — 2nd World War — Memories
WE ARE SURVIVORS (FOR THOSE BORN BEFORE 1940)
Gibraltarian Evacuees at Warbleshinney
Mothering Day
WAR MEMORY
Basket Teas at Glendermott
A Teenage Lad's Experience of War
A Young Lad's Experience of War
The Blitz Budgie
Blitzed into a Tent
“Life in the Forces from 1938 — 82”
Horse-riding in India
Meeting Clark Gable
From Belfast to Jerusalem
A training accident ...
Tragedy in the Belfast Blitz
Railings and Railways
Our Sinking Tanks
Reunion With A Difference
Forming a Territorial Army Unit in Belfast
Boobytrapping Bridges in East Anglia
Tricking the Germans in Norway
Liberation Of Sandbostel
V.E. Day and The End Of Comradship
A Delayed Home-Coming!
An Irish Soldiers Introduction To Firewatch
All Change for Ballynoe, Bright, Killough and Malta!
The Warden
A Young Belfast Evacuee
A Close Shave During The Blitz For A Belfast Family
A Childs Experience of Evacuation
From Belfast To Lurgan - An Evacuees Story
Tank Modifications in North Africa
An American Soldier In Northern Ireland
Downpatrick Duties For An American Soldier
The Anzio Express
The GI's Need Melons!
There Was No Need For A Bush Hat In Belfast!
Messenger-boy for the ARP
The yellow convoy
“has god sent a thunderstorm?”
songs of the war — Vera Lynn
Blue suede shoes
The toilet window
Gallaghers’ underground air-raid shelter
A terrible time
The people thought they were safe
1/5th of a mars-bar
A kindly German
Walking Skeletons
6p a day for living in a tent
Schools were interrupted
"If they whistle twice, we’ll have to stop.”
Wartime Wireless shows
Cadbury World
Nearly a Wartime Bride
Fermanagh in Wartime
Teamwork at D-Day
A family represented at sea, air and land.
Dublin Chaplain to the Brit Army
Jesuit Chaplain to the Brit Army
Why the BBC had credibility
Why the Grocers were tight
Disruptions to Daily Life
VE Day parties
VE Day- more parties
VE Day- no parties
James A. McCall; Telegraphist Royal Navy
Royal Navy Chronicles
Chapter 2: Testing Securityicon for Story with photo
Chapter 3: Colonel Montgomery
Chapter 4: Arrested as an Irish Spy
Chapter 5: Hassled by a Guards Division SNCO
Chapter 6: My trip to Burma cut shorticon for Story with photo
Chapter 7: From Wales to Egypt
Chapter 9: A new system for a POW campicon for Story with photo
Chapter 10: A wedding and some funeralsicon for Story with photo
Chapter 11: Journey's Endicon for Story with photo
'The Yanks Are Coming'
BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: The trip outicon for Story with photo
BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: Arrival in Indiaicon for Story with photo
BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: A New Assignmenticon for Story with photo
BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: R&R in Indiaicon for Story with photo
BEST OF TIMES, WORST OF TIMES: The last few months of the waricon for Story with photo

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