The Legacy Team members have recorded their (very different) experiences of living in Britain during World War 2. Click on the photographs below for each account.
Food was rationed, please click here to see an example of a food ration for one adult
Schoolboy aged 6, living in Birmingham, whose grandparents had a holiday cottage in Castleton and he went to live there with his younger brother and mother until the family returned to Birmingham in 1943
In September 1939 I was nearly 5 years old and I lived in Collyhurst, Manchester. We were quite poor.
Jean was 5 years old when the war started, living in Portsmouth. As a naval port it was a target for attacks and Jean was evacuated to Broadchalke, near Salisbury for the rest of the war, with Mr and Mrs Jay, where she became part of their family
Yvonne was 3 years old when the war started, living in Hazel Grove, Stockport. Yvonne’s memories were positive although she had her own experience of lock down when she was being treated in hospital for 13 months.
Dorothy was born in London on 13th March 1925 in London, near to where her father (who was a Chief Refrigerating Engineer shipping bananas and meat) would dock his ship from Southern America. Dorothy’s family moved to Glasgow for the same reason, and then to Cumbria.