Villagers’ memories of Second World War are told in new book

Villagers’ memories of Second World War are told in new book

by Henry James (May 2021)

MEMORIES of the Second World War in Appley Bridge is the subject of a new book by three local people with contributions from the village’s residents.

The book is called Appley Bridge and the Second World War and is a collaboration between Anne Fletcher, Steven Smith and Barbara Dix.

Anne said: “We have had lots of local contributions and it is amazing how much material about the village and the war has been uncovered.”

The three had already published a short book to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018 called ‘Appley Bridge Remembers – Centenary of Armistice Day (1918-2018)’ which gave brief histories of everyone in the village who fought in that war and did not return.

Steven Smith said: “The Second World War being more recent meant it was not only in some people’s living memory, but much more material was at hand such as blackout restrictions, identity cards, fire watching duties, food rationing, air raid shelters, evacuees moving to the village fleeing city bombardment, the local Home Guard, War Ship Weeks, local munitions production, those who fought and did not return, stories from those of the village who were PoWs, and much, much, more.

“The book was written over a six-month period, to be released on VE Day 2020, but unfortunately Covid19 made that impossible.

“Given many local people have contributed to this publication, it was important the book be released as soon as possible, and given it was specifically written as a VE Day publication it was important to release it on the following VE Day 2021.”

Copies of the book priced at £5 can be obtained via order forms available at the three Appley Bridge churches (St Joseph’s, the Methodist church at Skull House Lane and All Saints Parish Church) and at Pesto, on Dangerous Corner, Appley Bridge. The forms will be open until Saturday, May 22.

People are requested to pay cash when ordering, and leave their contact details, so pickup of copies can be arranged.

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