Wartime

  • Townsend Road air raid shelter

    courtesy of Neil DeMarco

    In the early months of the war, the government issued two million Anderson shelters to homes in cities likely to be bombed. They were issued free to those earning less […]

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  • A Chesham Man at War – the Story of WJ Dell

    WJ Dell

    This is the account of the war of WJ Dell, a Pednor resident, aged 14, when war broke out. I was 14 when war broke out in 1939 and weighed […]

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  • Memories of Chesham in the 1930s and 1940s

    John Reeve

    My happiest days that I remember were from 1936 to 1939. I lived at 8 Market Square, where my father had a furniture and general store, later a men’s outfitters. […]

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  • Kath Dolling (nee Smith) and evacuation

    biography of Kath Dolling

    THE wail of air-raid sirens over Penge, South-East London on Sunday 3rd September 1939 dramatically changed the life of eight-year-old Kathie Smith. She had lived as a shy, only child, […]

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  • My War 1944

    Maurice Sabatini

    The following extract is from a letter written to Home on the Normandy Beach Heads, by myself M A Sabatini, Royal Navy Leading Ship’s Mechanic, which was never sent. It […]

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  • Memories of a wartime childhood

    William (Bill) Howard

    I was born before the Second World War, in July 1939. I don’t remember very much until I was about 3. From then on I was aware that the sound […]

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