Category Archives: World War 2

Posts concerning family activity during World War 2.

In A Tin of Family Photographs I found this one …

I filed it on my computer under ‘random unknown’, which isn’t strictly true because on the back is written ‘Reg Chapman, Blaker Street’. When putting Reg in this box I just meant that I didn’t personally know who he was! … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Joseph Taylor Dinnis

29 November 1892 was the day my grandfather was born. Although I didn’t know him, I have learnt so much about him from my cousin, Sue that I feel he is no longer a stranger to me. I thought I … Continue reading

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John AHW Dinnis and the 50th anniversary of a watch

As I think I must have said before, finding a new branch of my family always begins with a rush, and photographs, documents and stories pass between us in a flurry of excitement. The best way I have found to … Continue reading

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Meeting the family of Florence and Jack

Well, I’ve had to allow myself an amount of time to try to understand what went on with Jack Albert Harold Walter Dinnis and Florence Violet Heard. When I write about the family I’m finding, I do try to make … Continue reading

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Did My Dad Guard Churchill During World War 2?

Gordon C. Dinnis never talked much about his time in the war. But one thing he did occasionally mention was that he guarded Churchill and Roosevelt. He mentioned they were at some sort of important meeting. Since looking at his … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday

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Today is Remembrance Sunday, when we stop and remember all those who died in the wars. Although my father and grandfather didn’t die in the World Wars I always remember Dad thinking of his friends that he lost during WW2. … Continue reading

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Granddad didn’t come home from World War 2

Joseph Taylor Dinnis, my grandfather, fought in both World Wars. He didn’t come home after the end of World War 2. He didn’t die or anything. He just didn’t return home to his family. It is difficult to write about … Continue reading

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The Festival Of Britain

The Festival of Britain in 1951 isn’t something I know a lot about. However something drew my attention to it recently and I remembered I had a couple of postcards in my collection and dug out the following: Seeing these … Continue reading

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ATS Reunion

We have seen recently how involved Nancy Dora Dinnis was during WWII serving with the A.T.S. [Auxiliary Territorial Service] 93rd Searchlight Regiment. They became very close friends, and reunited some thirty years later to look back at their shared experiences. … Continue reading

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A Wartime Romance

We have been looking at The War Years of Nancy Dora Dinnis, and here is a little postscript to her story. Nancy met Bert (Joseph Herbert Arkell) at the start of World War 2 and shortly after this he was … Continue reading

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