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Home Front Stories

Click on the links below to read testimonies of life on the Home Front in Middlesbrough during WW2.

The stories were gathered as part of the exhibition ‘All Clear’ on show at the museum from the 11th October 2005 to 26th February 2006.

 

Ken Barwick

Subjects: Anderson shelter; Bombing the Rec; Rationing; Evacuation.
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Mavis Barwick

Subjects: Evacuation; Back Home; Watching the bombs; Rationing; VE Day; Girl’s Friendly Society
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Norma Bass

Subjects: First day of the War; Fire Watch; ATS
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Walter Catchpole

Subjects: Bombing of Dorman Long
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Mary Clifford

Subjects: Cannon Street bombing; VE Day
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Douglas Emms

Subjects: Evacuation
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Yvonne Harland

Subjects: Air Raids; Family at War; School
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Joyce Johnson

Subjects: Air Raids; Family at War; School
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Ken Kerr

Subjects: Land Army; Getting Married
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Jean Kerr

Subjects: Gas Cupboard; School; Games; Bombing; Rationing; Dad’s Return; German Neighbours
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June Mansfield

Subjects: Evacuation; War Declared; Street Shelter; Rationing
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 Dorothy March

Subjects: ATS; Brother at War; First Drink
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 Lily McNichol

Subjects: Play; The Chocolate Shop; War Declared; Cannon Street bombing; Women’s Work; Salvation Army
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Barbara Rafferty

Subjects: The Italian; Amusement; King & Queen’s visit
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Joan Stobbs

Subjects: Evacuation; Work; Jitterbug; Cinema
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Joyce Taylor

Subjects: Shrapnel; Dig for Victory; Army Grey Coat; Getting Married; The Pubs
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