I came to this site because of interest in my own family history, and the experience of growing up during World War Two.
All my teenage life was spent during and after the war years when, 'Make do and Mend', 'Dig for Victory', Careless Talk Costs Lives', 'Come into the Factories'. - all these slogans were used and later the 'V for Victory' sign was adopted.
I remember Princess Elizabeth making her first broadcast to the nation in 1940 and mother with her first wartime cook book.
The average weekly spending on food was £1.14s1d, rent was 10s10d; clothes 9s 4d; fuel and light 6s 5d. I remember daily broadcasts on the wireless of German raids over London, shipping losses in the Atlantic and how many enemy aircraft had been shot down.
Though not understanding all the implications of war, the tensions of war never the less spread to the children. Rationing, shortages and daily air raids were all part of our upbringing. We had good times too, cinema and Hollywood films, theatre, dance halls, songs like 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy', 'White Cliffs of Dove' and 'Blues in the Night'.
Friends and neighbours have also trusted me to publish their stories for the BBC archives on this site. I count it an honour to record the sacrifices they made, the service they gave and the courage they showed to the world during World War Two.
I was born and brought up in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and served for two years after the war with the WRNS in Devonport Supply Department where I met my husband-to-be when he was doing his National Service with the Royal Navy. We were married in Kenya where we lived and worked for eight years.
I have two sons, three grandchildren and am a retired school teacher living with my husband in North Yorkshire.