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

Wendy Blain

Wendy Blain

Penzance u3a 

photo credit: © IWM HU 36228

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Ryland Clendon

Ryland Clendon

collected by Hope Valley u3a 

photo credit: © IWM ART LD 498

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Joe Morris

Joe Morris

Leigh on Sea u3a

photo credit: © IWM D 3992

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Henry Chandler

Henry Chandler

Teesdale u3a

photo credit: © IWM H 5603

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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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