24th May 1945 by quietpurplehaze

24th May 1945

from my dad Bert's diaries 1941-45:

"In the camp at St Giles, England. Breakfast of porridge, fried egg and bread. Bread, butter and marmalade. Tea. Feeling much better.

Filled in interrogation forms, received £6 as second payment. Medical inspection & X-ray.

Lecture on the future & general. Issue of new uniform etc & by the evening I was ready for home."


I thought today to post this shot of my mother who, like many wives, mothers, sisters, had been waiting and hoping.

Her worst time must have been when my dad was captured on 21st June, 1942 at Tobruk and was reported missing. It was six weeks before she learnt that he was alive and a PoW.

And, like my dad's younger sister, Betty, who died earlier this month, at 91 years young, my mum worked in the Women's Land Army during the war.

© The Second World War Experience Centre.
© IWM (5193) 1981.
Yes, it must have been a worrying time for those left at home.
May 24th, 2016  
Gorgeous capture of your mum, and great reading of the diary :)
May 24th, 2016  
Gorgeous shot of your Mum. My Mum was a nurse during the war and her first husband died in December 1942 when my half sister was 7 months old. She worked the rest of the war at a local hospital in Yorkshire and then met my Dad just after the war ended. He survived the war but died of cancer in 1951 when I was three years old. Mum had terrible luck with husbands.
May 24th, 2016  
A beautiful photo of your mum -- I admire all those wives, mothers sisters who managed the long wait and uncertainties through those dreadful war years !
May 24th, 2016  
Bep
Beautiful capture of your mum, Hazel.
May 24th, 2016  
Ah, she looks thoughtful and intelligent, and determined!
May 24th, 2016  
Your Mum is beautiful Hazel a lovely photo of her. How she must have worried over those years I can't imagine.
May 24th, 2016  
Lovely photograph of your pretty mom...war is a worrisome time for all
May 24th, 2016  
What a strong lady. Beautiful photo. My mum was in the munitions factories before working for the post office. She earned enough money sewing lingerie from discarded parachute silk to buy a B and B house after the war.
May 24th, 2016  
@pennystot

Your mum sounds a very strong lady, too!
May 24th, 2016  
@onewing

Babs, what a tough time your mum endured and ultimately you and your sister too.
May 24th, 2016  
She was very beautiful and this is a lovely photograph.
May 24th, 2016  
Lovely photo
May 24th, 2016  
I've not commented much, but I just wanted to say that I've been following this series with great interest.
May 24th, 2016  
@laroque

Tim, thank you for saying that.
May 24th, 2016  
I wonder if your dad had this photo of your mum to look at often Hazel, a lovely picture of your dear mum. Such a long time as a prisoner she must have been beside herself with joy. Big adjustments for all women when their men folk came back from war though!
May 24th, 2016  
A wonderful Photograph Hazel...
May 24th, 2016  

Beautiful photo and interesting extract from your dad's diary. It must have been a very worrying time, and a lot of adjustment on your dad's return. I can't imagine what it would be like, nearest I've had is when my daughter was in the army and was based in Kosova during the fighting. She was a medic and found it very traumatic.
May 24th, 2016  
It is for people like your father that we need to remember what they did for us and get out of the EU so that the UK can get back to being Great Britain!
May 24th, 2016  
A beautiful pic. of a beautiful Lady. You Mum looks great. Stories as this are need to be told and remember.
May 24th, 2016  
Gorgeous photograph and wonderful narrative Hazel, looking at the photograph its quite an incentive your dad had to get back home, it was tough enough worrying if your man would make it through without the additional effort and long days working the land to feed the nation, the country owe the Land Army so much:)
May 24th, 2016  
What a beautiful picture of your mum. Thank you so much Hazel for sharing your dad's diaries.
May 24th, 2016  
A beautiful photo of your Mom! Again thank you for sharing your Dad's diary!
May 24th, 2016  
Beautiful
May 25th, 2016  
I find it interesting to see that when he was back in England his writing style changed :)
May 25th, 2016  
Fantastic picture and story. Congratulations on making the PP Well deserved.
May 25th, 2016  
it is a striking portrait, very much of it's time haze,
I wonder what photographers of yesteryear would make of all the different and creative portrait genre's we use today
May 25th, 2016  
Beautiful lady.
May 27th, 2016  
Just beautiful in so many ways
May 27th, 2016  
She is so beautiful!
June 1st, 2016  
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