The Wartime Memories Project - The Second World War 1939 - 1945




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Welcome to the Wartime Memories Project Website.

The original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website.




Stories of the Second World War

The aim of this website is to share stories, photographs and documents relating to the Second World War. The site was begun in 1999 and will always be a work in progress. All the entries have been submitted by the family and friends of those who served, if your relative is not listed, please complete this form so that they can be added to the site.



Did you know that we also have a section about The Great War of 1914-18 and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts These include: Vietman, Korea, Aiden, The Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan and many others.


Wanted

The project is actively seeking recollections from the war years. If you lived through the war years and have a tale or two to tell, we would love to hear from you.

If you have any stories, of your own or from friends and relatives

please: Add to our records


Listed below are some of the areas of interest to the project:-

  • Fighter pilots
  • RAF instructors and ground crew
  • RAF Maintainance Units
  • Aircrew who made a landing at one of the designated emergency landing grounds.
  • Coastal Command
  • Bomber Command
  • Evacuees
  • Wartime school children
  • WW2 Refugees from Europe
  • WAAF
  • ATS
  • WRENs
  • WVS
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Teachers
  • AFS
  • Fire Brigade
  • Fire Watchers
  • Women’s Land Army
  • Farmers
  • Civil Defence workers
  • Air raid wardens
  • Observer Corps
  • Home Guard
  • Members of Auxiliary Units
  • Police
  • Special Constables
  • Police Auxiliary Messengers
  • Bevin boys
  • Mine workers
  • Ship yard workers
  • Munitions and war effort factory workers
  • Aircraft manufacturing or repair workers
  • ICI workers
  • Research / technical development staff
  • Office staff evacuated to suburbs/countryside
  • Anyone in Reserved occupations
  • Anyone who worked at Eaglescliffe Aircraft recycling facility
  • RAF
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Merchant sailors
  • Lifeboat men
  • Dock workers
  • Railway workers
  • Anti Aircraft Gunners
  • POW’s (allied or axis)
  • POW camp staff
  • Allied forces training or based in the UK
  • Air raids
  • Rationing
  • Blackout
  • Amusing incidents
  • Sad incidents

If you have any stories, no matter how small, please: Add to our records



Latest statistics for the site show over 4 million hits per month, if every visitor gave just one penny in donation the funding issues for this project would vanish in an instant. Please consider giving a small donation.

We would like to say a huge Thank You to those who have made donations and enabled the move to our new server, however it still costs to run the site! Any donation however small is always welcome.

If you have not yet added your recollections please consider doing so, many of those who have, have found it a rewarding experience. Add your recollections.







New: In response to many requests, we have just launched a timecapsule to preserve Stories from Other Conflicts

Aug 2015 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. We are currently undergoing a technical redesign of the site, this will take take some time to complete and whilst it is in progress some images will be off line and some links may be broken.

We are aware of the issue with missing images, this is due to the redesign of the website, images will reappear as soon as the new version of the page is completed, thank you for your patience.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. We currently have a huge backlog of material which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on

If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes.

Celebrate your own Heritage

Honour members of your own family who served in the First or Second World War and those on the home front who lived though this unique times.

Our Family History resources will help you to find out more about your relatives. Please send in a short article, with a photo if possible, so that their contribution will be recognised.





The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website.

Announcements

  • To commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, we are launching a new feature, Second World War Day by Day and also a new Library to allow access to records which have previously been held in our offline archive.
  • Looking for help with Family History Research?   Please read our Family History FAQ's
  • The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. If the information here has been helpful or you have enjoyed reaching the stories please conside making a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. In these difficult times current donations are falling far short of this target.
    If you enjoy this site

    please consider making a donation.

  • We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. We currently have a huge backlog of submissions which need to be edited for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Research your own Family History.

Mar 2017 - Please note we currently have a large backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 230777, your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

      

We are aware of the issue with missing images, this is due to the redesign of the website, images will reappear as soon as the new version of the page is completed, thank you for your patience.

We are now on Facebook. Like this page to receive our updates.

If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page.



Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to WW2. We would like to obtain digital copies of any documents or photographs relating to WW2 you may have at home.

If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted. World War 1 One ww1 wwII greatwar great
Did you know? We also have a section on The Great War. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.





We are actively seeking more volunteers to help with this website. If you have a computer and would like to volunteer, please get in touch. There is no need for any specialist web skills, or knowledge of the social history of the two world wars. It will be a great learning experience and it would look great on your CV. Click here to open a new page and find out more.





The Great War and World War Two were perhaps the most traumatic times in recent history. The fighting and hardships affecting the whole of Europe, the Pacific and having a knock on effect through out the world. This project aims to collect and preserve the memories of people who have lived through the war. Not just the dramatic events which are usually recorded, but also the everyday memories.

This web site aims to be a collecting point for the project. If you lived through the war years please leave your memories on the form provided or send an e-mail. If you were born after the war and know someone who would like to share their stories, please ask them and add their tale to the collection.

We also accept recollections in audio and video formats, please get in touch if you want to send an audio-video file or a tape of memories.



The project continues to grow and we are still actively collecting recollections from the years 1914 to 1918 and 1939 to 1945.

If you or any members of your families have recollections or photos from the time we would love to hear from you. Recollections from any part of the world are welcome and from both sides of the conflict.

Contact us



Please be aware that we currently have a large backlog of material waiting to be added to the website. We will respond to all emails as quickly as possible, please accept our apologies for any delay in replying.




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A message from one of our regular visitors:

I explore many WW2-orientated websites and always read through the forums. In so many cases families of those who have died since the war are searching for information about husbands, fathers and grandfathers who had one thing in common - "They didn't like to talk about the war". Sad to say, that is/was a very selfish trait. Sometimes 'old war stories' are the few remaining precious links that families have with their loved ones. I'd like to enter this plea to whoever reads it that present generations MUST persuade their living ex-servicemen family members to open up, put all other considerations aside and tell it like it was. Or if they're too reticent, at least write things down for their descendants to have as a record of what their forbears endured during those momentous years. MAKE THEM DO IT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE PLEASE! We're all dying off at a very rapid rate.

Peter Deacon




It is important as time marches on to gather memories before the generations who live through the war pass away and their memories are lost forever.

The project will publish some memories, and photographs on-line. Others will be collected for publication in print. Memories of all types can be added, no matter if you were at home during the war, (which ever country you call home), posted abroad with one of the services, helped in the home guard or resistance, were evacuated or in a reserved occupation. Memories are welcome from both sides of the conflict, the project is not politically motivated, the aim is to preserve the stories without judgement. No matter which area of the world and what part you played, active or observer, the list is endless. No matter how small please add your memories to the collection and help preserve the wartime spirit forever, in the hope that it will never happen again.

Thank you for your time



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The stories published on this website are protected by copyright

The opinions expressed are those of the individuals concerned.

The Wartime Memories Project is non-political does not condone any political party.

This website has nothing to do with any religious, political or racial tendence. The views expressed as those of the individuals who have submitted the recollections.

Recollections from any part of the world, both Axis and Allies are welcome.

The Project aims only to record history as it is remembered by those who lived through it.

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The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers.

This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources.

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