WW2: THE RETURNED SERVICEMEN & THE HOME FRONT: SOME STORIES
THIS WILL BE A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF STORIES ABOUT THE RETURNED SERVICEMEN AND LIFE AT HOME [THE HOME FRONT]. SADLY, MANY OF OUR CORRESPONDENTS HAVE PASSED AWAY BUT THEIR STORIES REMAIN WITH US. NEW CONTRIBUTIONS ARE MOST WELCOME.
God bless you all. This is your victory!
It is the victory of the cause of freedom in every land. In all our long history we have never seen a greater day than this. Everyone, man or woman, has done their best. Everyone has tried. Neither the long years, nor the dangers, nor the fierce attacks of the enemy, have in any way weakened the independent resolve of the British nation. God bless you all.
Winston Churchill, Whitehall London, 8 May 1945
Above: Evenwood & Ramshaw History Society’s VE Day banner & a good luck charm – it’s George Simpson’s teddy which accompanied him on his missions. He’s lying on the silk map of Europe which all air crew had in their emergency packs. Although, his Lancaster bomber crash landed, it was in neutral Sweden and days from the end of the war in Europe. George was injured but safe. Teddy had done his job! Read about George below.
And a couple of VE DAY 75 stones which have started to appear throughout Evenwood & Ramshaw – thank you
“Memories of the Home Guard” by the late Raymond Gibson
Cockfield Home Guard 1943: photograph
R.O.F. Aycliffe & Aycliffe Angels by the late Nancy Horsman [nee Brown]
“My World War Two Reminiscences” by the late Doris Kay [nee Vickers]
“I was the youngest Aycliffe Angel” by Eric Welsh
“Women’s Land Army” by the late Peggy Fuller [nee Carrick]
“My time in the Women’s Land Army” by the late Edna Thompson
Auxiliary Territorial Service [ATS] by Peggy Hicks and Hilda Bell
“My Story as an Evacuee” by Helen Smith
“A London boy in Butterknowle” by the late Jim Atkinson
“My Second World War Reminiscences” by the late Nancy Bell
“Memories of a Little Girl” by Jean Green [nee Watson]
“Bananas” by the late Ken Hamilton
Flight Sergeant George W. SIMPSON awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal
German Bombers Overhead by Ena Gowland [nee Stephenson]
Sergeant William COATES
Corporal George Henry SMILES