Earith – historic

[21] John (Jack) Wales: War years 1941 – June 1943

[21] John (Jack) Wales: War years 1941 – June 1943

Even at this early age, he and all his mates, wanted to get into the action. So at 16 (1941) he joined the local Earith Home Guard, which at that time had about 40 members, with a great mix of First World War veterans and keen local lads. Within a year he was a corporal, […]

[20] John (Jack) Wales: Jack takes control of Huntingdon Grammar school

[20] John (Jack) Wales: Jack takes control of Huntingdon Grammar school

John continues his story 1936 – 1940….. In the first year every new boy went through an initiation of being thrown into a very large prickly bush (a Pyracantha)! Wooden huts on the side of the playing field, left over from the first World War, housed forms 1A, B and C. Across one end was […]

[19] John (Jack) Wales: War preparations and Soldiers from Dunkirk

[19] John (Jack) Wales: War preparations and Soldiers from Dunkirk

I am Jack Wales and what I remember about Earith during the war was that, at the beginning of the war, there was a great spirit in the whole of the village and the community all worked together, everybody joined something. My father belonged to the fire service, which was run by Mr. Gunnel who […]

[18] John (Jack) Wales: Outbreak of WWII and evacuees

[18] John (Jack) Wales: Outbreak of WWII and evacuees

In a recent interview with the local British Legion Branch Chairman, John (known to all his mates as Jack) Wales, Dave Brown [1] received a magnificent insight into what the lives and times were like for a youngster in this area at the outbreak of the Second World War, as well as him doing ‘his bit’ […]

[17] John (Jack) Wales: Cycling through localised flooding

[17] John (Jack) Wales: Cycling through localised flooding

As children we used to have a great time down there (the Causeway) when the water was only about, say, a foot deep and the cars used to try and get through and they’d get stuck. So in we’d go, the lads; “Give you a push?” and then get a sixpence or something like that. […]

[16] John (Jack) Wales: Bonfires and fireworks – before health and safety!

[16] John (Jack) Wales: Bonfires and fireworks – before health and safety!

Bonfire Night at Earith was one of the main events of the year. We did all the collecting ourselves, we borrowed the hand cart from the undertakers. They were the sort of carts you could put a pony in, but the men just pushed them to take sand and gravel and a few bricks so […]

[15] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; National fishing attraction

[15] John (Jack) Wales: Evocative walk; National fishing attraction

That’s the ‘Riverview’ you can see sticking up and our house was next door and you can see the men fishing. It was lovely in those days, the evenings used to be long evenings. The local lads had peaked caps on. The fishermen, even before the coach loads came down, mother used to take them […]