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30th March 2017
16th February 2016
I believe there was a programme in the 40ís whereby Children from the war damaged areas of Birmingham were taken to France by train and boat to stay with French families who wanted to show their appreciation towards the British for their part in liberating France.
The children in this photograph, which I think is about 1948, are all from Ladywood or nearby and were the main pupils at St. Johnís Primary School. They went for a month to Lille in Northern France and received a great welcome from the French families.
The one really big attraction for all the children when they got to France was to find a country in which there was no rationing. Sweets galore without coupons!
I am afraid I donít have the names of the children.
Has anyone else heard of this programme?
This photograph is copyright
1st November 2015
LADYWOOD HOME GUARD
Home Guard B C Bartons, Ruston Street, Ladywood. My granddad is the one with the X over his head.
This photograph is copyright
1st October 2013
LADYWOOD / EDGBASTON HOME GUARD
5th July 2011
Anne Bowen, nee Waterhouse, Browning Street.
My name is Anne Bowen (nee Waterhouse) and during WWII my family lived at 1 Back of 52 Browning Street, Ladywood where my father Fred Waterhouse ran his coal dealership. The yard in front of our house was shared with the shop at No50 and with No52 The Sportsman Inn. There is a story told by my family about a bomb which fell in our yard. I believe it fell on the night of 19/20 November 1940.
It made a deep hole in the yard and caused considerable damage to the surrounding buildings. The children were moved somewhere else for the following nine months until the buildings were repaired. The children's names were Gladys, Frances, Mary, Beattie, Alfred and baby Jean Waterhouse. The gate was blown off the front of the yard and the business sign which said ''F.W.Waterhouse & Son, Coke and Coal Merchant'' was blown from above the gate and landed on top of the Baldwins paper bag factory.
I was born in 1946 and obviously know nothing of the war except what I have been told.
Does anyone else remember anything of this incident?
4th September 2009
I was born in 1936 and lived with my mom, Elsie Speake in Upper Ryland Street, my dad was a prisoner of war.
I remember being in the cellar of our house and suddenly the candle went out and there was a bomb that caused us to be trapped in the cellar. We got out unharmed and walked up to Five Ways and there were flames everywhere. We were told that a landmine had landed at the top of the street and killed everyone on the shelter.
Has anyone memories of this night of bombing?
7th July 2009
These are my dads medals and photographs.
This is a photo of me spreading dadís ashes on Juno Beach, where he came ashore on D Day, 65 years to the day after.
He lived in Edward Street and Nelson Street. He was a police messenger at 16 till he joined up. He joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment and on 6 June 1944, landed on Juno beach, this was the Canadian beach, with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He was part of the beach group.
On our visits to Normandy many years later, he liked to wear his Canadian badge and Juno Beach badge, because he was part of the beach group it reminded him of the 17 lads he buried there.
We played the Vera Lynn tape while in Normandy on our many visits. The photo of him Bruxelles 1944, was a weekend off from the front trying to relieve the paras in Holland, this is now known as a bridge to far.
He was transferred to the Dorsetís and then the York and Lancs, both disbanded now and he was demobbed in 1946.
I will be wearing his medals, Canadian badge and Juno beach badge this year in Normandy, 65 years on.
Stan Humphreys Jnr
6th May 2009
|Joyce Rowe, nee Marston|
We also were evacuated from Ladywood at the beginning of the war, My sister and I twice in fact.
First I think from St. Peters School, to Bromsgrove, then came home for a short while during and slept in the Anderson Shelter in the garden every night.
Then we were evacuated again to Asworth, Nottingham. My sister and I stayed with one couple and my two brothers stayed with a family next door but two.
I did write about my experiences in one of the first Brum Magazines, but loaned the paper to someone as you do, and I never got it back.
We lived in Essington Street, at the time and I went to St. Peters School and St. Barnabas School and of course Osler Street Schools.
Joyce Rowe (nee Marston)
23rd January 2009
|The Griffin Family on leave|
Harold (Waterworks Road); Arthur (Waterworks Road); Alf (Clark Street); Les (Reservoir Road);
Charles (Clark Street) and Charles Senior (Reservoir Road)
10th December 2008
25th October 2008
|Graham Sullivan - Evacuee|
were evacuated from Ladywood at the beginning of the war, to Putley
about 6 miles from Ledbury, we were hoarded into a school, to be chosen
by our foster parents, we went to a couple by the name of Jack &
Violet Walters, Jack was a nice man, they had no children of their own.
lived in an old cottage with no running water, and no flush toilet, me
and my brother never got used to this, and when our parents came to
visit us, our dad never used it, reckon he must have gone into the
fields or something like that.
village had a couple of shops, and a bus ran every Saturday to take you
into Ledbury, and our education was very basic, to be honest we never
settled there, and it wasn't long before our parents bought us back
home, to face the bombing, and we were glad to be back in Ladywood.
Regards Graham Sullivan
22nd October 2008
|Edward Colson, formerly of 5/273 Icknield Port Road|
This is my Mother and cousin Tom ( in uniform) taken at the start of the last war.
They are in the garden of No 4, the home of my Aunt Jess and Uncle Albert (Coop).
Mom was a nurse (name of Ashford), at Barnsley Hall Hospital, Bromsgrove and Tom was on his way to Burma.
The houses in the background are in Marroway Street, but the one painted black (tarred) is in Coplow Street. The next house (No 5) would become ours at the end of the war.
Tom was awarded the MBE, 18 months ago for his work with the Burma Star Association.
was the President of the Birmingham Branch of the Burma Star
Tom Reynolds MBE, died 8th June 2010, aged 87, after a long illness.
20th October 2008
|William "Bill" Leaver from Morville Street and Ledsam Street|
|Letter to Dot|
George Compton of 1/57 Morville Street
Edith Compton of 1/57 Morville Street
Dockers Factory in Rotton Park Street damaged by enemy action in 1942
|Mr. A. Barnett, 204 St. Vincent Street, Ladywood Birmingham 16|
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