Turn out your Pockets/Kindle the Flame Online Community Exhibition Day 6

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‘During the house clearance of my parents’s home I came across a lot of photographs that I hadn’t seen before. Dad also kept diaries, so after browsing through everything I was able to link a diary for 1946 to a football team photo and the football programme. I have also included some snippets from a 1945 diary which I am in the middle of transcribing.

Dad didn’t talk about his time in the army so it is just a bit of a glimpse of his army life. Off duty he enjoyed trips to the cinema and theatre and enjoyed a lot of sport. Don’t know why but that surprised me!

Diary 1945:

January 9th
In Embourg ,5 miles from Lieg, known as Buzz Bomb Alley. Plenty of V -1s about

February 19th
Saw Monty when he passed by today.

March 1st
Good news from American front, Roermond captured. Americans still racing on, now a mile from Düsseldorf.

April 16th
Expecting to go on leave but date keeps changing.

April 23rd
On leave, back home in Cardiff

May 1st

May 3rd
Heading back to Gennup. Lights all blazing in Lille as we passed through, celebrating the fall of Berlin.

May 4th
Unconditional surrender announced of all forces in N.W. Germany to 21 army g.p

May 5th
Passed through Hamburg which is almost a shambles. Saw hundreds of Germans tramping along to give themselves up.

May 8th
Declared VE Day. Great celebrations everywhere. PM and King spoke on radio. No parades today.Party on in night, bags of beer floating round

May 9th
Another regimental holiday.

Next few months dad seems to be doing clerical work, sorting out pay.

July 26th
General Election Result . Labour in with vast majority.

August 6th
Atomic bomb dropped on Japan.

August. 9th
Russia declared war on Japan

August 10th
Leave cancelled for all
R Signals eligible for Far East, which includes me.

August 14th

Attlee announced on midnight news that Japan had accepted Allied Terms ———THE WAR WAS OVER.

August 15th
V J Day Public Holiday. Opening of Parliament and King’s Speech.

On leave in Cardiff 11.9. —-27.9

Back in Germany

Oct 4th
Start German classes


Jan 7th
Left for the Rhine Army College

Feb 7th
Moved to Transit Camp

Seems to be a case of waiting for a departure date now.

April 2nd
Played soccer in the afternoon ————— beat HQRA 3 – 1, good game, but oh boy was the sun hot.

So last few days now, watching football matches, boxing , table tennis.

Sam is kneeling in front row 2nd in from right

So last few days now, watching football matches, boxing , table tennis.

April 8th
Last trip to cinema in the evening but only stayed an hour as the film was deadly.

April 15th
Signed Release Book

April 16th
Left Div. 9.30 for 121 Transit Camp, left about 2pm

April 20th
Arrived home 7.30 am Easter Saturday. Went to Arms Park in afternoon,
Baa Baas beat Cardiff 10 – 9

Dad went off to Scotland shortly after to meet my mother’s family .
Dad had met mum sometime in 1945 in Brussels. She was in the ATS and a telephonist .
It was all down to dad’s truck breaking down and he had to spend a couple of days in Brussels, I think they met at a dance .

Dad didn’t write in his diary after May 5th 1946′.

Liz Hole