Wartime Leicestershire
Wartime Memoirs
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54
Extracts from Percy Edward Agar's Diary.
Mr. Nigel Agar
Snapshots of wartime activity and events from 1940.

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53
The Stirling in Thurnby.
Mr. John Collier
Memories of the aircraft fuselage children used to play with in Thurnby, Leicestershire.

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52
Spud Picking in Leicestershire.
Mr. Dennis Neal
Recollections of working on a farm as a boy with Italian POW's in Leicestershire.

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51
Memories in Claybrooke.
Mr. L.V. Pathe
Memories of living on a working farm with Italian POW's in Claybrooke, Leicestershire.

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50
The Latimer Street bomb.
Mr. John Richardson
Recollections of the bombing of Latimer Street, evacuees, German POW's and the arrival of the Americans.

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49
The 82nd Airborne in Evington, 1944.
Dr. Geoffrey Dexter
An account of life and activities of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment based in Evington village during the war.

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48
The 82nd Airborne in Leicester, 1944.
Mr. Thomas Kent
An account of life and times in Leicestershire in 1944, from a soldier of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.

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47
The Leicester Blitz.
Mrs O.E. Farrands
A Memoir of the Bombing of Leicester in the night's of the 19th and 20th November 1940.

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46
The recollections of a family in
Barrow-upon-Soar.
Margaret McDonald and Mavis Green
An account of two young girls describing how the war effected their family in Barrow during the wartime years.

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45
The Friese-Greene early warning system.
Mr. Nigel Agar
An account of a young lad's memory of the Friese-Greene family's contribution to the war effort in Leicester Forest East.

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44
A Fish Supper.
Mr. Dennis Neal
An account of a young Leicester lad's lucky catch during the wartime years of Rationing.

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43
Lucky Escape for a Baby Girl.
Mr. Graham Grant
An account of a young lad's memory of the raid on the Lockheed Aero factory, Braunstone Town, 10th January 1942

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42
Sheltering from the Blitz.
Billy Wood
A memoir of the Leicester Blitz along the West End district of Leicester on the night of the 19th November 1940.

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41
Leicester Blitz and the G.I.'s.
Mr. Dennis Neal
An account of the Leicester Blitz on the Highfields district and the arrival of the American troops in Evington and Stoughton during 1944.

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40
Wartime Leicestershire memoirs.
Ms. J. B. Sleath
Memoirs of a teenage girl's experience in Hinckley during the Second World War.

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39
The last 'Lamp' post serenade.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
A glimpse of the wartime 'Here today - Gone tomorrow' syndrome. A Leicester street eats 'Humble Pie'.

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38
The Beaumont Leys plane crash on 25th April 1943.
Mr. Owen F. Adams
A Postscript by the brother of one of the crew members of the bomber which crashed at Stocking Farm.

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37
Little Green Goblins?
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
A 'child's eye' view of German bomber crews during the early part of the war.

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36
The Legend of the "Lemon Rind" Find.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
A child's account of dealing with the lack of sweets during the war.

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35
Schoolboy's prayers almost answered.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
A child's account of one of the the Parachute mines that hit Leicester on the 20th November 1940.

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34
A child's memory of the war from LFE.
Mr. Nigel Agar
A child's memory of various activities that took place in and around Leicester and Leicester Forest east during the war.

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33
The night Hitler Blitzed our Offey & Chippy.
Mr. Ted Hubbard
An account of the main blitz bombing of Leicester on Cobden Street and Willow Street, on the night of Tuesday, November 19th 1940.

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32
A crash landing on school fields in 1943.
Mr. Christopher Lymn
A memoir of an allied plane crash landing on Alderman Richard Hallam Junior school playing fields, during 1943.

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31
The Beaumont Leys plane crash on 25th April 1943.
Mr. Brain Turner
An account of the the Wellington Bomber crash on Stocking Farm, Beaumont Leys, on the 25th April 1943.

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30
The bombing of Conduit Street on 19th November 1940.
Ms. Hilda Barker
An account of the bombing along Conduit Street, Leicester on the night of November 19th 1940.

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29
The Lancaster crash at Thurnby Lodge.
Mr. Geoff Phillips
An account of the plane crash on Thurnby Lodge, Leicestershire, April 8th 1945.

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28
Memoirs of the raids on the county during 1940-41.
Ms. J. B. Sleath
Memoirs of visiting Leicester's Magazine Bus station the day after the 19th November raid and an account of Merevale Avenue's bombing in Hinckley during May 1941.

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27
Memoirs of the raids on Leicester during 1940.
Mr. Geoff Phillips
An account of the two raids on Leicester on the 21st August and the 19th November 1940.

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26
Memoirs of the Kirby Muxloe and Glenfield raid of 19th November 1940.
Mr. R. E. Bell
An account of the bombing of Kirby Muxloe and Glenfield, on 19th November 1940 plus the memories of a crashed bomber in the area.

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25
Memoirs of the Leicester Raid of 19th November 1940.
Mr. R. E. Sperry
An eyewitness account of the bombing of Leicester, on 19th November 1940.

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24
Memoirs of school life in Leicester, during the war.
Mr. J. K. Eley
An account of a teenager's life at Wyggeston Boy's School, plus an eye witness account of a Lancaster plane crash.

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23
The bombing of West End, Leicester.
J. Wood
An account of the military activity on New Parks Estate and the bombing across the area of Western Leicester on the 14th November 1940.

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22
Shot at by the Luftwaffe,
Keats Lane, Earl Shilton.
Mr. T. J. Langham
A memoir of the machine gunning along Keats Lane and the bombing of the Leacrofts, Earl Shilton.

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21
Observations of bombing in and around Hinckley.
Mr. T. Wheatley
An account of some bombs that fell in and around Hinckley, plus visiting the site of an unknown plane crash.

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20
Observations of Coventry and Leicester's bombing.
Mr. N. Coleman
A memoir of watching and experiencing the bombing of Coventry and Leicester - 14th and 19th November 1940, from Belgrave.

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19
U.S. on Batton Street, Aylestone.
Mr. T. Hancock
A memoir of the U.S.A.A.F. stores depot. on Batten Street, Aylestone.

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18
The bombing of Brewster's Farm, Narborough.
Mrs. H. Brewster
An account of the bombing of Brewster's Farm, off Copt Oak Lane, Narborough - November 1940.

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17
Amendment's to the Leicester bombing record.
Dr. A. Burrows
An amended account of the damage caused to Leicester during the night of the bombing on 19th November 1940.

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16
Pay to view bomb at
Ab Kettleby church fete.
Mr. C. H. Wells
An account of a church fete charging people to view their U.X.B. in grounds south of Ab Kettleby, during the war.

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15
The Bombs across
West End, Leicester.
Mrs. D. Brookman
An eyewitness account of the bombing across the West End district of Leicester - 14th November 1940.

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14
American canteen lorries in Oadby.
Mr. A. R. Pendell
Memoirs of the U.S. Vehicle Maintenance Unit billeted in Sandhurst Street, Oadby, during 1944. Plus memories of playing within the remains of a crashed bomber near Thurnby.

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13
Plane crash at Arnesby.
Mrs. H. Brewster
An eyewitness account of a Tomahawk crashing outside Arnesby village on 23rd July 1943.

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12
'Harvest Camp'
Knipton Reservoir 1944.
Mr. D. Hall
Memoirs of an R.A.F. Plane wreck at Knipton Reservoir, Vale of Belvoir, during the Second World War.

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11
Welford in wartime.
Mr. W. Bennett Roberts
An account of RAF personnel stationed at RAF Husbands Bosworth whilst on a visit to Welford village during the war.

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10
Memories of Saltby Airfield.
Mr. D. Stewart
An account of a visit to Saltby Airfield during the war.

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9
Memories of Saltby.
Mr. D. Stewart
A account of Luftwaffe attacks on and around Saltby and memories of the Lancaster crash at Croxton (27/11/44).

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8
"Jerry's up to sumut tonight"
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
A families account of the unusual multiple events which took place in the Evington and the Highfields area during the Blitz of 19th November 1940.

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7
Memories of Cavendish Road, Aylestone.
Roma Matthews
A child's eyewitness view of the Cavendish Road Bombing, Aylestone - 21st August 1940.

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6
Memories of the U.S. Billeted in Braunstone.
Mrs. J. Le-Butt
A young girl's memory of Christmas partie's, in Braunstone, with the Americans during the Second World War.

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5

Why I am proud to be English.
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An account of an elderly gentleman experiencing his first air raid on Leicester, 19th November 1940.

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4
The Gunpowder Plot.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
An account of two Leicester boys' collection of stored ammunition in their mothers loft, during the Second World War.

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3
Why I Like The Yanks.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
An encounter with the U.S. Military! Barkby Thorpe, Leicestershire, May 1944.

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2
Sunshine to sadness.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
An eyewitness account of a plane crash outside Thurnby, Leicestershire April 8th 1945.

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1
Whispering Panes.
Mr. T. C. Cartwright
The effects of the Coventry Blitz on a Leicester boy during the night of November 14th 1940.

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