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."

Anne Sparkes

Anne Sparkes

Wellington & District u3a

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns

Upholland & District u3a

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Ken Arkell

Ken Arkell

Havant u3a

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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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David Dundas

David Dundas

Lichfield u3a

 

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Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Bingham u3a

 photo credit: Imperial War Museum

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Anonymous

Anonymous

Barnet u3a

  

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Stuart Spencer

Stuart Spencer

Exmouth & District u3a

photo credit: Museum of London

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Janet Maile

Janet Maile

Orpington u3a

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John Lloyd

John Lloyd

Wearside u3a

 

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Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

Orpington u3a

 

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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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