Comment – November 2018

Comment – November 2018
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Standing in the wind and cold through many past Remembrance Day events has felt like an appropriate discomfort to face to acknowledge the many trials that former and current members of our Armed Forces have undergone on our behalf.  Whether you attend a Remembrance Day service or take a quiet… Continue reading

One of Our Honoured War Dead: Flight-Sergeant Johnny Arundel

One of Our Honoured War Dead: Flight-Sergeant Johnny Arundel
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Recently a book, emails, and photos came into my possession that brought to life someone I knew only as a name on the Millbrook cenotaph:  J.S. Arundel. That aristocratic surname (there is a castle in England by this name) has often made me wonder about him. And now I know…. Continue reading

Joan Elizbeth Savage – War Bride

Joan Elizbeth Savage – War Bride
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The second of four children, Joan was born in 1924 in a small cottage on the Bylsborough Estate near the village of Henfield, West Sussex. During the war, the south coast of England was dotted with camps filled with Canadian soldiers preparing to fight in Europe.  Every village sponsored recreational… Continue reading

Dorothy De Mille – War Bride

Dorothy De Mille – War Bride
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Dorothy met her husband-to-be in the Black Prince Pub across the street from her home in New Haw, Surrey, just 20 miles from London. Thomas began their conversation with a timeless pick-up line that still makes Dorothy smile – “Hello, stranger”.  It was 1945 so the war was nearing its… Continue reading