u3a - Battle of Britain and the Blitz

Do you or your friends and family have a story to share?

In the Autumn 2020 edition of Third Age Matters, Trust Volunteer Carole Chapman (Portsdown U3A) described work with the Imperial War Museum to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and to make interesting digital resources on the topic available to older people who might otherwise have limited access to them.

In response to this article, several U3A members wrote in with fascinating stories about their recollections – or those of relatives – of the events of 1940-1941. It quickly became clear that there was a wealth of information out there that deserved preservation and a wider audience.

We hope that U3A members from across the UK will be inspired to contribute experiences to this collection of material.

WHAT WE ARE ASKING:

Do you have memories of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz?

Is there a family history that has been preserved, perhaps in documents or photographs?

If so, and you would like to share this, please either fill out our online form or contact Trust Volunteer Carole Chapman

We will publish a selection of the stories and experiences below.  This page will be updated on an ongoing basis as we receive members’ stories.  

Alison May, Learning Manager says “I have had the privilege of reading some fascinating accounts of people’s experiences. I have been struck by how people accepted this awful time and how they carried on in extreme circumstances. I am sure this will resonate with members who may have lived through this time, or been told about it by people who did. I hope you find these accounts as interesting and insightful as I have, and are motivated to contribute your experiences."

Stories are displayed by the date in which they were received

February 2021

Al Havenhand

Al Havenhand

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Ray Oliver

Ray Oliver

Furness u3a

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Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Tony Rees

Tony Rees

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Carol Dibden

Carol Dibden

Northwood & District u3a

photo credit: © IWM D 3101

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Christine Hutchinson

Christine Hutchinson

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Geoffrey Glover

Geoffrey Glover

Chalfonts u3a

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Gladys Last

Gladys Last

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Muriel Brown

Muriel Brown

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Robert Price

Robert Price

Harrow u3a

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Ursula Adler

Ursula Adler

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Snippets of memories

Snippets of memories

Various authors

(updated)

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January 2021

Bernard Hetherington

Bernard Hetherington

Leith Estuary u3a

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Peggy Atwood

Peggy Atwood

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Vera Barlow

Vera Barlow

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM C 5424

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Jonathan Clennell

Jonathan Clennell

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

 

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Christine Davies

Christine Davies 

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

 

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Pauline Grafton

Pauline Grafton

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM D 2100

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Maurice Hindle

Maurice Hindle

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM D 21302

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Moira Monteith

Moira Monteith

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Ann Price

Ann Price

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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David Price

David Price

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM D 3106

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Deanne Markham

Deanne Markham

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM CH 10850

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Edgar John Wilcox

Edgar John Wilcox (by Deanne Markham)

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

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Ian Micklethwaite

Ian Micklethwaite

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM HU 128848

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Shirley Micklethwaite

Shirley Mickelthwaite

Collected by Hope Valley u3a

photo credit: © IWM HU 128850

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December 2020

Catherine Iliffe

Catherine Iliffe

 Bradford u3a

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Colin Lester

Colin Lester

West Leicestershire u3a

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Olive King

Olive King

Bromley u3a

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Peter Hayling

Peter Hayling

Castle Bromwich u3a

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November 2020

Anne Sparkes

Anne Sparkes

Wellington & District u3a

photo credit: © Museum of London

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns

Upholland & District u3a

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Ken Arkell

Ken Arkell

Havant u3a

photo credit: © Museum of London

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Stephanie Neal

Stephanie Neal

Wallingford u3a

photo credit: The British Library

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Anne Williams

Anne Williams

Abergavenny u3a

 

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Barbara Hallows

Barbara Hallows

Chelmsford u3a

 

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October 2020

David Dundas

David Dundas

Lichfield u3a

photo credit: © IWM D 1596

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Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Bingham u3a

photo credit: © IWM Art.IWM PST 3773

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Barnet u3a

  

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Stuart Spencer

Stuart Spencer

Exmouth & District u3a

photo credit: © PLA collection/Museum of London

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Janet Maile

Janet Maile

Orpington u3a

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John Lloyd

John Lloyd

Wearside u3a

photo credit: © IWM HU 128843

 

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Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

Orpington u3a

photo credit: © IWM HU 94177

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Ted Gray

Ted Gray

Hornsea and District u3a

 

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Lyn Green

Lyn Green

Ilkley & District u3a

 

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Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Heybridge u3a

 

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Daphne Steel

Daphne Steel

Warminster u3a

 

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Cec Harrold

Cec Harrold

Towcester u3a

 

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