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Sidney was inspired to join The Air Force when he was working as an Air Raid Precaution Warden and one night his own home was bombed. The house next door was also destroyed and the lady who had offered him a cup of tea only hours earlier died. He…

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Relates trip to London and describes show at the Palladium and tea at the Canadian Beaver Club. Mentions some damage to buildings in London. Writes that that he has found an old toy engine at his billet for his son David. Talks of troops scheduled…

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Writes of glorious weather and catches up with family news, affairs and son's health. Mentions first exam and possibility of leave in 6 weeks time.

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Thanks her for letter and states that Rose has contacted Red Cross office who have had no news. Writes about state of Chelmsford and catches up with family news. Mentions lack of sleep due to generally getting two sirens a night.

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A permit allowing Malcolm Staves to enter St Andrews, Hull to attend his place of work.

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A card authorising Malcolm Staves to take part in Civil Defence Fire fighting.

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A letter to Malcolm from his Grandparents. A lot of domestic news but also congratulates Malcolm on his promotion.

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Peter Stevenson's account of his service in the Officer Training Corps at Grantham and later in the Air Training Corps. Tells of his life in Grantham and the effect of the war on the town. Also his involvement post war in museums and projects to…

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Betty Hedges grew up in South London in the final years before the war and she recalls a happy childhood. She describes a close family and community life where the children played unworried in the streets and she talks about the games they played and…

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Pauline Fernando, widow of Harold William Fernando, reminisces her late husband. His father was posted in Germany after the First world War, where he met his wife. During the war he was stationed at Binbrook, Bath, and other stations, carrying out…

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Jean Culkin grew up in Sunderland and worked as a tea girl and then a typist in a reserved occupation. She discusses her life and her wedding to her husband, John George Mackel Culkin. He was an apprentice at RAF Halton before becoming a fitter…

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States that the government has decided to pay all deferred private chattels as soon as possible in next financial year to include the amount claimed, interest and a supplementary payment where applicable. Goes on to provide details. Payment aimed at…

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1. Photograph titled 'Greetings from Coleby V.A.C'. A wide pathway runs from bottom right to top left with prefabricated one story buildings either side. To the right trees. A group of people are standing in the foreground on the edge of the…

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War Damage Act 1943 (Part 1). Issued after European war was over and covers answers to questions on when people will be paid, increases in compensation and payment of interest.

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Page 1. Assistance Board making advanced payment to cover immediate needs only of £2 for clothing and £5 for furniture on 15 August 1941. Advice if further help required. Annotated at the bottom '1st advance £6 clothing 27 December 1940, 2nd…

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Certifies that Irene Green was appointed as an air raid warden on 11 March 1944.

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Ration book 1953-54 issued in Lincoln serial no BB873619 to Stanley Howard, address in Coleby, Lincolnshire. Contains stamps for Charles Marshall Ltd, Navenby.

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Ration book 1953-54 issued in Lincoln serial no BB873620 to Irene Howard address in Coleby, Lincolnshire. Contains stamps for Charles Marshall Ltd, Navenby.

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Ration book 1953-54 issued in Lincoln serial no BB873618 to Irene Howard address in Coleby, Lincolnshire. Contains stamps for Charles Marshall Ltd, Navenby.

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A certificate awarded to William George Briley of The gas light & coke co for 10 months of safe driving.

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A diploma awarded to William George Briley of the Gas light & coke company for having been free from driving accidents

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As a child, Ron Harrison witnessed the bombing of Hull. He describes what it was like to be a child exploring the bombed out areas of the city with his young friends. His father was a fireman and while he was attending fires in the dock area their…

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Stanley Howard's supplementary clothing book

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Made out for Mrs S Green on 27 April 1946 and contains 30 utility furniture unit stamps. Instructions for use on the reverse.

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Michael and Ann Akrill talk about their Uncle, William Akrill. He grew up in Lincolnshire, and studied art in London. He considered becoming a contentious objector, but volunteered for the RAF and after training, he served as a navigator with 115…
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