From 1936 to 1973 John was a Civil Defence Staff Officer and a member
of the West Riding Special Constabulary.
John D. Bones
At 16 John joined the Air Training Corps and later trained at the Colchester
Jeanne Bullard spent the war in England while her future husband served
abroad. She worked in the hydrographic department of the Admiralty,
drawing and updating charts. Her letters and tape-recording provide
insights into daily life on the Home Front.
Celia and her family were interned by the Japanese in Burma after their
house was bombed in 1942. The family endured enforced labour, illness
and mistreatment until the British relieved their camp in March 1945.
Celia's harrowing story is illustrated by photographs and 3-dimensional
J. Anne Cloudsley-Thompson
Anne Cloudsley-Thompson set up a Physiotherapy Department at Hatfield
House and was Superintendent Physiotherapist to the Peripheral Nerve
Injury Centre at Wingfield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford.
Frank explains how he became a Home Guardsman in Falmouth and the various
roles he undertook.
When Alfred Crisp's young daughters were evacuated, he sent them weekly
letters with beautifully illustrated envelopes.
Barbara left her home in Sowerby Bridge to work in a Coventry aircraft
Sadie Hall was fifteen at the outbreak of war but in 1942 she joined
the Women's Land Army with her friend, Nora. Both girls were stationed
in Devon and involved in various aspects of agricultural work including
Vincent Harrison describes his childhood in a mining village in the North
East of England.
Jack was in a reserved occupation as a miner, despite his wish to join
one of the Services.
From the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 to the fall of Rome in
June 1944, War Correspondent Godfrey Talbot was among the half-dozen
or so best-known voices on BBC radio. For countless listeners at home
he seemed to provide a much-needed link with the men of the Eighth
Army in North Africa and Italy.
As a schoolgirl in the Lake District Sheila's family welcomed an evacuee
into their home.
Dennis became a messenger and then a Leading Cadet in the Sheffield Fire