Monthly Archives: November 2013

12 The Conscientious Objectors

My Mother simply said to me “I didn’t give birth to you to have you killed at the age of 23 so good luck to you” Commercial Artist  I was 23 when the war broke out.  I was a ripe … Continue reading

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11 Embarkation

He went out one morning and he didn’t come back for over three years London Woman  My husband went in the navy. After his basic training he had a very short leave – ten days, I think.  He said he … Continue reading

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10 The Overseas Volunteer

Sometimes you sit down and you say “What the hell am I doing here?  There’s no war in our country” Jamaican  I was living in Kingston, Water Street, when I joined up.  I was still going to school.  A friend … Continue reading

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9 Conscripts & Volunteers: Men

As long as your heart was ticking these doctors reckoned you were alright Londoner  I thought they wouldn’t take me because of my age, and for medical reasons, and less than eight months later I’m on a boat going for … Continue reading

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8 Blitz

The horrific time for me was when the bombs were coming down Liverpool Girl   Not long after the war started a lone raider came over.  We were in the street and I could hear these bangs.  There was three boys … Continue reading

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7 Battle of Britain & Invasion

The aerodrome at North Weald was a fighter station.  Spitfires. Essex Farmworker  The aerodrome at North Wealth was a fighter station.  Spitfires. (1)  My mate was dung-carting and his horse bolted.  He said to me “Seen my horse?”  “No”, I … Continue reading

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