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Chase Bridge SchoolA short film to celebrate the visit to Kneller Hall by the superbly well behaved pupils [and teachers] from Chase Bridge primary school. Thanks very much to the volunteers and veterans [Len Tyler, Roger Swift and Sally George] for taking the time to make this fun and educational visit possible.
Shelley Cooper is the mother of Kingsman Anthony Cooper who also features in our archive and was recorded as part of Chorley Council’s project, “Sacrifice: Stories of Bravery & Resilience after Recent Conflicts Project”. She gives a very honest account of the impact Anthony’s injuries have had on her and the family.
Donna Rowe Green has been a horticulturist all her life and she knows the benefit of spending time outdoors. A visit to Scotland and a supporting husband are all that she needs to make a go of a new venture called Dig-In. It’s a team of people from the military community - both serving and veteran who are able to support each other in a safe environment. In this case, a walled garden.
Margaret Jackson was PA to Major-General Sir Colin Gubbins who, prior to becoming SOE’s Director of Operations and eventually Head of SOE, had formed the Auxiliary Units, a civilian force to operate behind German lines if Britain was invaded. Margaret ?rst joined Gubbins in Paris, when he was leading a mission set up and liaise with resistance movements run by the Polish and Czech authorities in exile.
Mildred Schutz was in a reserved occupation when she joined the FANY in 1941. Initially she served as a secretary at SOE HQ on Baker Street. She was then posted to Italy, where she became an assistant to Captain Amos, who was in charge of liaising with the partisans.
Joan Taylor [nee Tapp] was an WTS FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) with the SOE. She worked as a wireless operator, receiving and sending coded messages to agents in the field. She was stationed in England, Algiers, and Italy. She provided Legasee with some nice photographs of her time with the SOE in Massingham. You can view these if you become a member.
In this revealing interview, the world renowned saboteur and weapons trainer, Bob Maloubier shares detail about his life in SOE, Force 136 and the French equivalent of the SBS.
During the Second World War he was twice parachuted into his homeland of France and on one of those occasions, he was captured. Despite a gun held at his neck, he managed to escape, was then shot several times and survived a night in freezing temperatures. ‘Incredible’.
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Eric Downing provides a rare and often times emotional insight into the role of a Gunner on a Flail tank during the Second World War. Serving withe the 22nd Royal Dragoons he experienced some terrifying moments and confesses that he was extremely fortunate to survive.
John Bowler was a National Service 2nd Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion The Welch Regiment when he went to Korea. He gives a fantastic account of his life on the front line and details various contacts with the enemy including the occasion where he earned a Military Cross for bravery. This epic interview lasts nearly two hours but is split into chronological sub sections.