Tag Archive | 1940’s

[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 […]

[12] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1947 to 1948

[12] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1947 to 1948

During this period, when I was 17 years up to when we left Leigh and moved to Terling, Essex at age 21 years, I had three boy friends. The first one was Dennis Gamble, who I met after joining the local branch of the Youth Hostels Association. He was 28 years old, and had been […]

[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 […]

[11] Christine Reason: My story, the year 1946

[11] Christine Reason: My story, the year 1946

I was still attending the High School when my Mother died in January 1946, and I moved out of my Grandparents’ home, and went to live with Aunt Edna and Uncle Bob. I took the School Certificate of the University of London examination that year, and obtained five Passes. I left school at the end […]

[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’ […]

[10] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1944 to 1945

[10] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1944 to 1945

When I was living in Rye, my Aunt Rene and Uncle Arch took me to the Baptist church there. His family were all members there. I do not think that I had a deep faith then, but I enjoyed going, and I expect that I absorbed the Bible teaching, without probably realising it. It was […]