Category: Personal memories

November 25, 2020|People | Personal memories

Helen Talbot – Growing up in Hundred Acres in the 40s and 50s

I lived in Hundred Acres from 1944 till 1964 when I left to study in Edinburgh.  My parents were born in Portsmouth and spent most of the war years in the New Forest while my father taught the children from his school who were evacuated from Portsmouth.  Later, he was moved to the Spitfire factory…

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July 22, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War | Wartime Wickham

Joan Dennis – Living in Wickham, working in Portsmouth

My grandfather, Mr Bailey, was headmaster of Wickham School before the first World War – he died in 1921. However by the time the Second War started, I was in my last year at school, having been at school in Wickham, then Fareham, and Hilsea.  The whole school at Hilsea was evacuated to Leigh Park…

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Yvonne Case – Business as usual at the Bakery

Throughout 1940, strenuous efforts were made to keep all normal services running as usual — the local buses stopped briefly only during air raids, and postmen climbed over rubble to deliver the mail. Cases Bakery Vans c.1950   During the worst period, one night the two main bakeries in Portsmouth were put out of action….

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Carol and Susan Robbins – Two Sisters’ Memories

My sister (Carol Hazard) and I were born and brought up on the Winchester Road, just opposite Begs the Vets. Our maternal Grandmother, Mrs Lizzie Isaac May lived in the little black and white cottage in the square which is now the wine bar. In those days it was a beautiful cobbled village. She lived…

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Evelyn Maulden – Bells rang for her wedding just after D-Day

I was at school at Rookesbury before the war – we had no electricity or running water, in fact the water supply was due to a massive ram pumping water up from the river. When the the house was taken over by the RASC in 1940, this proved to be a blessing in disguise, as…

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Joyce Cleife – Cycling to Work

Joyce was l8 when war broke out and living with her parents in Fareham. She was working for Flux’s Laundry in their office in High Street, Gosport, handling the invoices for the luxury yachts that moored in the harbour. When war broke out, the yachts were commandeered and she was moved to the laundry’s office…

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Margaret Gwynn – A Schoolgirl’s Memories

My first memories are as a child living at No.7 Star Cottages, a two-up two down middle cottage of three next to the Star inn (now Greens).  We had no inside toilet or bathroom – that facility was marked ‘up the garden’ where a wood fired ‘copper’ heated all the water for Friday night baths…

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July 19, 2020|Personal memories | Second World War

Anon – Planning for D-Day with Admiral Ramsay

I started my service in the WRNS aged 17 in 1944. I wore a plotter’s badge with DD under it. DD stood for “Drawing Duties”. I was called to HMS Vernon (Gun Wharf) in March 1944 and introduced to a Naval Lieutenant with whom I was to work. The work was on masses of charts…

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May 29, 2020|People | Personal memories | Second World War

John Pearce – Memories of an Evacuee

At the outbreak of World War II, Portsmouth children were evacuated to the Isle of Wight.  My mother refused to let me go, as she reasoned that if the Germans invaded our country, they would use the Isle of Wight as a bridgehead.  However, when the bombing of Portsmouth became very bad early in 1940,…

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May 29, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Eric Tucker – An exciting boyhood

Ann Tucker was about 12 years old and was living on Hoads Hill about the time of the build up to the invasion.  She remembers convoys of military vehicles going up the hill and one of the vehicles, which could have been a halftrack, caught fire and exploded showering the area with debris.  Ann was…

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