Here are links to stories from my childhood, and lots of other links to illustrate what it was like to grow up in wartime London

Perhaps the best summing up was that overheard at a London dinner-party early in 1941.
An American guest expressed doubt that the morale of civilians in London could be maintained.
The Englishwoman sitting next to him replied, tersely:
"There are no civilians in London!"
Up to September 1942 more civilians than servicemen had been killed or injured.


Links in UPPERCASE are external, lower case links take you to other pages on this site

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If you would like to assist some of the myriad children currently affected by war, please visit the
WAR CHILD website.

This recently established organisation identifies and targets the specific needs of children in war zones around the world,
which cannot be so easily addressed by larger programmes.
Thankyou!

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On the CITY FARMER Website, read the story of
my GRANDPA'S VICTORY GARDEN

At the HISTORY PLACE, read firsthand memories of my childhood in
A GIRL'S LIFE IN LONDON 1939 - 1945

You can now download the text of Grandpa's Victory Garden, and A Girl's Life in WW2 London, using these links:
http://www.users.on.net/~arachne/Grandpa'sVictoryGarden.rtf
http://www.users.on.net/~arachne/WW2childhood.rtf

And on this site A Green Childhood in 1940s London

WW2 posters from Britain
These posters helped me learn to read at an early age

Some leaflets issued by the UK Ministry of Security

Advertisements from WW2 women's magazines

The pupils of Class 7 at ST THOMAS RC PRIMARY SCHOOL, in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland,
have a series of well-illustrated pages, created for their project:
LIVING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
I highly recommend a visit to their site.

LIFE IN THE 1940s
Lots of firsthand information about life in the UK in the 1940s.
Includes a lively message board.

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ALLOTMENT AND GARDEN GUIDES (UK)
Courtesy of Earthly Pursuits

The 1940s HOUSE
Website for theBBC Channel 4 Series

Because my father was one of the unsung heroes who kept London's Public Transport running all through the war, the LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM - 1939-45 is of special interest to me.
I also have a copy, dated 1947, of a small volume called "London Transport Carried On"
This now fragile book tells the extraordinary story, much of it in the words of those who did "carry on"
A few copies are still available - try searching online secondhand bookshops.
I have word-processed the text and scanned the photographs of my copy,
and if you have a genuine interest, please contact me

Other interesting sites include:
MARIAN VAN EYC McCAIN'S MEMORIES of the BLITZ IN PLYMOUTH (UK)
A Strange Kind of Normal: One Little Girl's Experience of the Plymouth Blitz, by elderwoman

VICTORIA SEYMOUR'S "LETTERS FROM LAVENDER COTTAGE -
HASTINGS IN WW2 & AUSTERITY"

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