Tag Archives: WWII

The path of death and survival

I blame the smoke for my tears.

It was hot, steamy and fires in the area made it smoky too.

Nothing to do with thinking about the thousands of prisoners of war who died there or those, like my Uncle Dick, who survived and came home but were forever changed.

To walk part of the notorious Thai-Burma railway, including Hellfire Pass, was a truly emotional journey for me.

No matter how uncomfortable I was, it was only a drop in the ocean compared to the suffering this path has seen.


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Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

Travel Theme: Toys – Dear Father Christmas …

In response to Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week I’ve travelled through time rather than space to bring you a family memory.

This mismatched, chipped and much used tea set is what’s left of my Mum’s 1943 Christmas gift. It wasn’t easy for my Grandparents to buy it during WWII, but they managed to put some pieces together.

And, as you see, we also have the letter Mum wrote to Santa that year.

IMG_6080 IMG_6086The text of the letter is:

Joan Williams

16 Burnett Street


Dear Father Xmas

I am a bit late in writing but I hope you will not forget me. I am 8 years now and I won’t want any toys. All I want is a new tea-set and a nice big story book. The tea-set is the one I want mostly because I had a big one but a lot of it is broken.

I have a lot of story books but I have read them all. So I will just remind you what I wanted. No 1 tea-set, No2 a story-book.

From your little friend


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges – Pegasus Bridge

The taking of Pegasus Bridge was a D-Day objective in 1944, successfully achieved by a unit of the British 6th Airborne Division who landed in Horsa gliders.

The original bridge has been replaced by another in the same style, but is kept at the nearby display and museum.

You can read more about our travels in France here.


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Cee's fun photo challenge