Sunday, May 17, 2015

Eamont Bridge and Barton War Memorials

1. Eamont Bridge War Memorial, Cumbria
(Located close to "King Arthur's Round Table")
[This is a memorial for the Boer War and WW2
2. Parish Church of St. Michael, Barton, Cumbria
(An historic church dating back to the 12th Century)
3. The lych gate of St. Michael's Parish Church, Barton.
(Unveiled in 1924 to remember the locals who died in WW1)
[There is another WW1 memorial inside the church]
4. Headstone of Flight Sergeant J.E. Williams, R.A.F.
(Died 13 July 1942)
[Buried in the churchyard of St Michael's, Barton]
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Friday, May 08, 2015

Memories of a WW2 evacuee

1. "A suitcase of history"
(A WW2 evacuee's suitcase used to help teach children)
2. Contents of a WW2 evacuee's suitcase
(This one is for a young boy)
3. A WW2 evacuee's birthday card from "Auntie"
4. A familiar friend from home: a dog-eared soft toy 
To mark the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day Cumbria County Libraries service held a 'Social at the Library' event at Kells Branch Library on Thursday 7 May 2015. Among the "hands on" items on display were genuine items of a WW2 evacuee's suitcase and contents (seen above).

This was a young boy's suitcase so included a school cap, photographs and a few toys. Obviously, a young girl evacuated would have different items, such as dolls.

(Thanks to Cumbria Libraries Service for allowing the items to be photographed).

Thursday, May 07, 2015

70th Anniversary of V.E. Day

The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London
(A central focus for the V.E. Day commemorations)
Friday 8 May 2015 is the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day ("Victory in Europe Day"). The anniversary was marked in Britain by 3 days of commemorations. The central focus of the weekend is a service of remembrance at The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London (seen above). This includes a two-minute silence at 3.00 p.m. The victory in Europe was at the cost of many lives.