The person I was with was called Mrs Woodhouse. She was 17 when the war started and also joined the wrens ,which stood for the women’s royal navel service. One day when she was out in her garden she saw a plane in the sky but the alarms were not going off. After a while, she thought it was an ally because there was an airport near them but it was an enemy who came to drop bombs on the airport and boom she saw the bombs drop straight out of the plane onto the airport. Her brother was 15 and worked with spitfires. One time when alarm went off the shelter next to them got blown up! Mrs Woodhouse was married a few days before V.E day. The war was quiet at the start but when it got going the war was devastating. The power station was never bombed and the gas masks were never used. I enjoyed the party very much and hearing about peoples stories it was fabulous. By Jack T
Mr W Whitlock
On the afternoon of the V.E day, along with Louie and Joss, I was talking to Mr. W. Whitlock. It was interesting to find out that his father ran away and joined the Royal Marines for twenty years! Also he used to live near the local train station, where he saw the wounded soldiers come home from the battle field. Listening to all his stories and adventures was fascinating, because I could never have known so much about world war two and being evacuated. I’ve learned so much from that one afternoon and I enjoyed it very much. By Lilly T
At our VE Day celebrations last week, I met a friendly, chirpy man called Mr Attwood who had a fascinating story about a dog fight he had witnessed from the ground between a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt. One day when he was out collecting shrapnel he heard two roaring plane engines coming his way. He looked up and saw a sight he would never forget: a speedy Spitfire tailing a deadly Messerschmitt. Down, down, down they came, each pilot trying to out manoeuvre the other. Finally after minutes of looping, barrel rolling and shooting the sneaky Spitfire snuck underneath the Messerschmitt and fired a fatal bullet right into the heart of the German Mercedes engine. Barely skimming the trees the Messerschmitt blew up over his head. The sound was going to give him nightmares for many years to come.
Mr Attwood also talked about his hobby of finding shrapnel. “It’s very, very heavy and sometimes still warm from being blown up,” he exclaimed. By Toby
On Monday afternoon, year 6 had our V.E. day and I met a lovely man, who spent all 6 years in World war two. He was called Mr Attwood. Mr Atwood told me a rather fascinating story about his life in World War two. He was entering a forest and he heard people rustling around some trees. Very soon after that he heard a gun shooting. It was very possible that someone was shooting those people. Mr Attwood was very lucky to have only heard that gun as he was about 20 seconds away! He managed to escape that forest without being noticed at all. He still lives to tell the tale. I myself was really impressed of that. Are you? By Maddie
On VE day, a man called Mr Roberts, who was a child living in Romsey during the Second World War, came in to talk to us about his experiences of World War 2. He brought with him lots of German artefacts from the time of the war; many of his family were fighting in Europe. Mr Roberts showed us a clever gadget; used to light up the road at night whilst not shining light into the sky. After showing the items Mr Roberts told us some stories. One of these was about when he and other children stood in alley ways watching parts of Southampton burn during the bombing raids. Much to our surprise, Mr Roberts told us that he has an unexploded bomb in his garden! However, he reassured us that it had been checked and was not likely to blow up. By Niamh
It was during a school lesson, when Sylvia Island first found out about the war. Sylvia lived with her mum, dad, brothers and sister, although her Dad and all her brothers were away in the army. It was 1939, when Sylvia, aged 11 and her 9 year old sister, were evacuated on an old, slow steam train to live in a new house very far away. She needed the people who were going to take her in, to take her sister too because they didn’t want to be separated. Her Billets were nice, they lived in a house the family was a mum, dad, little boy (who was three) and a dog. She thought the war would only last two months, she didn’t really understand what was going on and she missed her family. Sylvia felt homesick for the first six weeks, but then settled down. After being away for fifteen months, she needed to go back to her mum because her house was partly destroyed during an air raid and she was needed back home. By Luke
Councillor Edgar told us some really interesting stories about the war. Councillor Edgar, who was a child at the time, remembers the day some huge tanks arrived near to where he lived. The children were amazed by the tanks. Although they weren’t meant to, the children who lived there climbed and played on the tanks. Councillor Edgar remembered his childhood being bliss until one day his parents shut him and his sister in the cupboard under the stairs. He was dreamily sleeping until there was a big bomb dropped at the end of their road. Councillor Edgar was flung up into the air and banged his head on ceiling, luckily though, he wasn’t badly hurt but after this his parents decided to have him evacuated. However, he was evacuated from Gosport to Eastleigh which his parents didn’t feel was much safer so they decided to pick him up and bring him home. Sometime after this Councillor Edgar remembered a big boat arrived at Gosport transporting many German prisoners of war. Some local people treated the prisoners of war with compassion and gave them drinks, other people didn’t feel they deserved compassion though and took the drinks away from them. By Matilda
Mr and Mrs Broomhall
Mr and Mrs Broomhall came to see us at our VE Day party and told us some very interesting stories of when they were evacuated. Mr Broomhall was evacuated from Liverpool with his family. On his first day of primary school one of the girls, who was skipping, stopped what she was doing ,because she recognised he was new, and went up to him and slapped him in the face! Along the country lane were pig sties filled with ammunition for the war. One of the boys and his brother snuck out of school and messed around with the ammunition; one even blew his arm off! Mrs Broomhall was evacuated with her mother to a big house for five to six years! Even though there were rations they never ran out of supplies. They had two cars, but they rarely took them out during the war. One day ,when there was bombing, they took shelter in the living room and the man in the house called Mrs Broomhall over to the window to take a look at outside it was all pink coloured. That was when Mrs Broomhall realised what was happening. Because when the war started she was a baby. When I found out she had never eaten a banana until the war ended I was shocked. This was until she explained that bananas had to get shipped here from another country. By Chris
On VE day I met Mrs Sheppard. During the war she was 10 and lived near the air fields and that was a big target to blow up. One day a bomb came through the roof and the stairs and landed 15cm away from her, on a shelf and it didn’t blow up. When she was at her new home they went to Sunday church in the morning and Sunday school in the afternoon. In the morning she took the milk from the horse, delivered it by putting it on their door step. When the air raid siren went off, they were in the air raid shelter or under the stairs. By Lloyd
I really enjoyed listening to all the amazing stories she told us. She was evacuated to park stone in Dorset. At the time she was 12 years old and her sister was 10 years old. They were chosen by a young couple with a son who was 4 and a small dog. It took them seven hours on the train. They were also 15 months away from their mother. It was so sad to hear that their father died of a heart attack. The girls had two brothers in the army. Their step farther drove the tanks. When they were evacuated they were given to share a bar of chocolate biscuits and a tin a corn meet. It was wonderful listening to all the things she had to say. By Lily H
I loved listening to all the stories she had to say.
My favourite story that I heard was when Mr Broomhall told us about a boy who was playing with the ammunition and he got his arm blown off. I also enjoyed hearing about when it was your 1st day at school and the school girl stopped skipping and came and slapped him on the face. My favourite story from Mrs Broomhall was when she told us she only had her 1st banana after the war. I also enjoyed hearing about when you told us all the sign posts where taken down so the Germans did not know where they were going. I really enjoyed hearing about how you learnt your alphabet on slate and chalk.it was interesting when you told us you were sort of evacuated because you knew people who lined in the country side. By Ava
On the 6th of June, 1994, we remember all the British Soldiers who went away to fight and were killed by Germany, which we call D-Day. When I spoke to Councillor Edgar he told me an extraordinary tale about when he was 8 years old living in Gosport with his twelve year old sister. I found out that one day he came outside as he normally did but this time he saw a lot of tanks on the banks around him. He then played on the tank every morning before school. Now, these tanks were there to take all the British soldiers away to war but one day when he came out, they were gone! They were taking away all the strong, brave fighters going away to war. One thing that interested me about this was that when the tanks went on to the ships they went on backwards, so that the guns were facing open water and any enemy ships. Shortly after this happened the Councillor was evacuated to Eastleigh! However, he had only been there for a few weeks when his Mum came to claim him and take him back to Gosport; “he’s in more danger here then he is back home so he may as well come back to his family” she said. Soon after that the top of his road was bombed and he saw and heard an almighty “Bang!” Fortunately, he slept under the stairs with his sister and that is what saved his life, he only banged his head. Later on in his life he saw the tanks once again draw up to the bank but this time it was wounded men who were carried down onto sandy shores. Not long after that a huge, almighty grey ship drew up and off it came hundreds and thousands of men but not just any men; German men! Councillor Edgar was scared but it turned out that they were our German prisoners of war therefore there was no need to be afraid. Some of the Germans stayed in Gosport for the rest of their lives, not wanting to go back to their war-torn country. Many had been forced to fight and many families had been destroyed or injured by our bombing. It changed his view of life, standing, watching and listening to the almost grateful Germans, so close / yet so far away from everything. By Emily
I found lots of Mrs Woodhouse’s stories fascinating. One that I found particularly interesting was about her sighting of an enemy plane. When she walked outside in to her garden, she saw a strange plane fly over her head- it had been heading towards the airport. She thought it was going to land then some peculiar shaped dots started coming out the bottom of the plane. It turned out to be bombs dropping out of the plane landing on the airport but she didn’t hear the air raid sirens go off so it was odd. She stayed at her home and didn’t get evacuated as she was too old . By Alexa
VE Day was really fun I really enjoyed listing to all the stories from the people who lived in the war. It was really interesting learning about the tanks that Mr Knight told us about. It was really surprising hearing about how the tanks were loaded because I thought you put the bullets in one by one. The bit I found most interesting was all the different tanks that Mr Knight drove in the war. I liked it when he told us about him getting evacuated to Somerset and all of the jobs that he was given while the war was on. VE Day was a really exciting day. By Thomas
Councillor Edgar lived in a small town called Gosport which is opposite the Isle of Wight. He has a sister who was 12 and he was 8 when they were both sent to Eastleigh and a week later they both were sent back to their house. His mum said if they were going to go to Eastleigh she might as well not evacuate them and they could all be bombed together. The safest place they could sleep was under his stairs because they had no Anderson shelter. When they were under there, a bomb hit the top of his road. The pressure pulled him up and he hit his head on top of the stairs. By Catherine
Mr and Mrs Broomhall
I really enjoyed the story about the boy in Mr Broomhall who blew his arm off with ammunition, which happened just outside the pig sty along the road. Another story that interested me was that peoples didn’t have bananas throughout the war .The third story that interested me was that Mrs Broomhall saw she looked through a rusted telescope Southampton burning and she was three or four at the time when she saw it burning . In their spare time, they filled a football with newspaper because they only had the inside of the football and then they played football. They also had no male teachers and they also used slate and chalk. They were both raised in massive houses. Mr Broomhall was evacuated from Liverpool. They also were very short on food. They took down the road signs as well as the banister on the stairs. By Tyler
I really enjoyed listening to Mr Kingsnorth’s stories about the war during our V.E. Day party; he provided so much detail about his wartime experiences, it was like I was actually sharing them! He told us so many great stories; it’s hard to choose which ones to share with you! He hid a jumper his Aunt knitted him under a hedge every day for months – until his Grandma’s neighbour caught him! He had an extremely long garden, at the end of his garden was a road, and across the road was a big house. One night, a bomb landed on the big house, and then when it was safe to emerge from their Anderson shelter, Mr Kingsnorth and his family discovered that all of their roof slates had disappeared, the glass in their windows had cracked, and everything inside was in a terrible disarray, but all 7 year old Mr Kingsnorth cared about was whether or not his toys were okay! Another amazing story I would like to share with you, is that when he was evacuated, there were some older boys there, and he was sleeping in the turret bedroom, and the older boys told him that someone had committed suicide in the tower room, and they pretended to be the ghost at night, but the funny thing was, in the kitchen, things would move around by themselves, and everyone thought it was a poltergeist, then twenty years later, Mr Kingsnorth visited the house, which had been converted into a boarding house, and according to one of the boarders, things still moved around in the kitchen on their own accord! Maybe there was a poltergeist? By Carys
I really enjoyed listening to Mrs Dalton’s stories and experiences on V.E day and I loved looking at her photographs of when she was a school child; the detail she provided in her descriptions helped me vividly imagine what it was really like during WW2. Although I was intrigued to hear all of Mrs Dalton’s stories, the story that captivated me the most was about her three older brothers who were separated when they were evacuated: two moved to Swanage and one moved to Wales. It was hard to believe this happened as I can’t imagine it happening to me. Another story that I was shocked to hear was about John Lewis because I found out that her mum used to work there and it used to be called Tyrell and Green! V.E. day was a great time to listen and share stories and to see many people’s wartime belongings; it really brought our history project to life. By Naina
Dr and Mrs Bachelor
I really enjoyed listening to Dr + Mrs Bachelor’s story at the V.E day party; it was very interesting hearing them tell us how it was in the war, which wasn’t very pleasant. My favourite story from Mrs Bachelor was when she told us that her mum was forced to write with her right hand when she was left handed. My favourite story from Dr Batchelor was when he said that he was evacuated for the last year of World War Two but stayed in Southampton throughout the worst of the bombing. Thank you everyone who planned and helped at the V.E day party and thank you to all the people who came and told us their amazing stories. By Michaela
On VE day, Mrs Sheppard said she had a bomb come through the roof and stairs which landed about 15 cm above her head. Thankfully it did not explode. When she arrived at a cottage, in Burford, she collected milk from a horse and cart. She also had to do as she was told. She was 10 when was evacuated. She didn’t need to do any chores because the owner of the house did all of them. When she went to Sunday school it was really good. By Alex
On V.E. day Mrs Woodhouse and her son told us about the time when she was going across her garden to get in her bomb shelter, for safety, when she saw a plane go across the sky. She thought it was just a plane from the airport because she lived quite close to one, and suddenly she saw something round drop out of the bottom of the plane. As it got closer, she worked out that they were bombs! By Amelie
Dr Bachelor thank you for coming to year 6 VE day; I had a wonderful time listening to your stories.
I was surprised that you weren’t evacuated and I cannot believe you went to the dentist in an Andersen shelter! I was amazed to hear that you did not know about the blitz and the bombing. I enjoyed hearing about what it was like living in an a underground shelter as you could hear the bombs.
I hope you can come next year; you will make them happy! By Bradley
When we spoke to Mr Cuff I found out that he was evacuated twice both of which to Ireland. Mr Cuff lived in London with his mum, dad and brother. His journey to Tipperary included London to Wales by train, then went to Dublin by ship then Mr Cuff went by train to Tipperary. Mr Cuff was billeted with a woman he called Auntie Kate. Auntie Kate had a family of 7 children. Mr Cuff and his brother enjoyed staying with Auntie Kate. Auntie Kate and the 7 children owned 5 dogs. Mr Cuff and his brother had both never seen a dog before so having dogs in the house was a real change. Mr Cuff’s jobs in Tipperary were to milk the cows and ride a donkey and cart to the goats. Mr Cuff’s dad worked with the police to help keep buses running. And his two uncles fought in the war. By Charlotte
Mrs Dudfield lived in Plymouth during the second world war and came to talk to us about her memories. Her dad was In the Royal Navy and she explained that he had won 7 medals. Listening to her was fascinating and it taught me so much about the war, and about the effect it had on the people there at the time. Interestingly, it has made me want to learn more. Because he was away for so long, it was difficult to have him back; she felt she hardly knew him. It was l like getting to know him all over again; he didn’t like talking about the war. Hearing her speak really helped me to understand how people felt when their dad had to go away for so long. By Grace
On year6 VE day Councillor Edgar came in to tell us about World War 2 and he told us stories and I loved the one where he got evacuated to Eastleigh and when he was 7 and he used to play on the tanks and he showed us picture’s with him playing on the tanks he lived with his nan and granddad and his sister lived with her uncle and aunty. By Jack H
Mr and Mrs Broomhall
On the afternoon of the V.E.Day Party I really enjoyed listening to Mr &Mrs Broomhall’s experiences in the war. My favourite story that Mr Broomhall told me was about how he was so excited for school but he wasn’t allowed to go until he was five. But when he finally got to go to school on his first day he walked up to the gates and a couple of girls were skipping they saw he was knew came over to him and slapped him in the face. He also told us that when the war began pig houses filled with amination were put on the roads, some boys from his school decided to play with it and it took one boys arm off. Although neither Mr or Mrs Broomhall were evacuated Mrs Broomhall went to go and live in a big country house where her mum was working as a house keeper . One evening somebody told her to look through a a telescope and she said what is that. (It was Southampton burning.) By Jess
The VE day party was really fun. I really enjoyed listening to the war stories and they were all really interesting. I liked the story about when Mr Whitlock’s father ran away to join the royal marines. He spent the whole war in the royal marines. What bravery! His pictures were really fascinating. He told us that ne was born in 1931 and was evacuated when he was eight. He lived behind a train track and he would see soldiers going and coming back. He would see soldiers in blue uniform which meant they were injured. One day he watched two plains fight wright above him. Mr Whitlock has lots of interesting stories. By Joss
Thank you for coming and telling us about your past, your drawings really brought our English/ history to life. It was so cool when you told us that the house next to yours got hit by a bomb and a pathing slab landed right next to your Anderson shelter and when you got out of your shelter the glass from your house was shattered and your tiles from your roof were gone. You were evacuated when you were 7 years old I would never want to go away from my mum at the age of 7. I would hate for any or my footballs to get run over by a car especially as it was the only one you had.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for coming in and telling us all about your past back in the WW’s. It was very interesting to hear what you had to say, it brought our English and history to life. Like how you said after a lot of blackouts your eyes got used to it.
Also it was extremely exciting to hear one German bomb was dropped in Romsey but didn’t explode. I would’ve loved to see your defused unexploded bomb in your garden.
Also looking at all the stuff you brought in, WOW! I was surprised about it. I was full of questions on like how old it was.
But one of the best things to hear was that how your father was a solider in the World War.
You were the dream of history I learned at school. I will never forget this moment that we had together even if it was a short time! I still learned a lot from you, thanks a lot. By Ryan