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Joyce Gibson Evacuation and First love

Joyce Gibson Evacuation and First love

I interviewed my granny with dementia to see what she could remember it shows a lot flows back but much is scrambled up.

MyStory - WWII Tobruk: Rommel and Churchill

MyStory - WWII Tobruk: Rommel and Churchill

In 1939, Ronnie joined the Royal Marine Commandos and in this story he recalls a serving in Tobruk, fighting in the deserts of Egypt, encountering Rommel's forces in the Egyptian deserts and Churchill visiting the troops in Cairo. Firstly, Ronnie recalls being positioned in Tobruk and being directly involved in the raids at the time. Two large ships were launched from Alexandria and sent out to execute a raid on Tobruk, only to come under unexpected fire from the enemy following the news being leaked to the Axis Forces! Ronnie and his Commandos continued on their mission to circle Tobruk in their endeavour to secure the precious harbour. Ronnie describes trudging through the unforgiving desert terrain of Tobuk and meeting enemy soldiers face-to-face, however with the enemies with their backs to the Commandoes they did not shoot but relinquished their artillery and sent them on their way,. Ronnie also excitedly recalls the responsibility given to him to accompany a Hurricane pilot whilst fighting in the desert as means of locating the exact position of where Rommel's troops were positioned and advancing from. Despite the undoubtedly frightful situation asked of Ronnie he obliged and carried out his mission, returning unscathed and with the necessary information gathered which subsequently aided in unearthing Rommel's advancement tactics. Following from this, Ronnie recalls a few days of a lull in the fighting in which his squadron were given a couple of days leave to visit Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. Unbeknown to the troops at the time, this also coincided with a Churchill's trip out to The Middle East, and consequently Churchill formally addressing Ronnie and the Commandos stationed there. After what Ronnie recalls as the briefest of announcements, comprised of general commandments on how well all the British Troops were performing out in the desert, Churchill and his safeguard soon disappeared, much to the muted jeers of a number or Ronnie's Commandos!

MyStory - World War Two: Entertaining the Troops

MyStory - World War Two: Entertaining the Troops

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Ronnie joined the Royal Marine Commandos and in this story he recalls travelling to India, and the horrendous conditions travelling on ships to these faraway lands -- although, unlike the majority of his compatriots, Ronnie actually quite enjoyed the journeys across the seas. After arriving in India Ronnie recalls being stationed near large intimidating jungles in order to train for the possibility of enemy attacks within the jungle environment. Ronnie has vivid recollections of crawling through jungles whilst training and encountering giant snakes and other life forms which inhabit such a climate. Fortunately for Ronnie and his squadron they did not encounter enemy forces whilst billeted in the Jungles in India. Ronnie then describes how the troops were occasionally subjected to local entertainment events in the evenings whilst away on service with the Commandos. He remembers one particular formal event in Poona; and dismissing the lavish event as dull and boring, (no dancing or morale boosting merriment), Ronnie and his friend (Fritzie) took it upon themselves to get up in front of the troops, cracking jokes and causing general mischief, which would no doubt land them in hot water later with their Sergeant Major, regardless of the other troops' amusements! It was whilst in India that Ronnie and the Commandos were called back to England, having being given the brief that they were to now embark on the invasion of Holland. As a Royal Marine Commando it was the duty to be first in line for such invasions and the distress and disgust on Ronnie's face when recalling what it was like during those unimaginably traumatic times, is plain to see.

MyStory - World War Two: Serving as a Royal Marine Commando

MyStory - World War Two: Serving as a Royal Marine Commando

Ronnie joined the Royal Marine Commandos and in this story he recalls a number of highlights throughout his time in Service. Ronnie begins by detailing the duties of a Royal Marine Commando and the intensive training which the Marines had to carry out up in Scotland before they were to be sent out for active service. Once the Marines had undertaken all the necessary training, they were then assigned to a mission, one of which Ronnie recalls as being sent out to Durban, South Africa. After reaching their destination, fighting their way through enemy submarine attacks along the way, Ronnie remembers being permitted ashore with a number of other men. Unfortunately, Ronnie and a fellow companion enjoyed themselves a little too much whilst on land, and when returning to their ship where pulled-up for drunken behaviour and spent the night locked in the ship's cabin! The subsequent disciplinary action which Ronnie received saw him demoted from the position of Corporal to that of Marine! Ronnie then moves on to inform us about his time spent in Holland. One particular recollection is that of Ronnie and his men advancing through the Dutch countryside and stumbling across a wagon full of essential supplies. After moving in to take advantage of their findings it wasn't long before the men were under fire! With the likelihood of being spotted by the enemy, Ronnie and his men returned fire on their yet unknown assailants, only to find out that they were in fact US Troops and it was US supplies which they were helping themselves to! After reconciling with the American allies, the two groups of men shared a drink, with the US Troops offering whatever supplies necessary to Ronnie and his mean before the two divisions went their separate ways. Finally, Ronnie tells of his Commandos' continued advancement through Holland, driving the German forces further and further back.

MyStory - Pre war and war time memories from Lancaster

MyStory - Pre war and war time memories from Lancaster

A MyStory film uploaded by DHE Solutions. [ A higher quality version of this film with subtitles can be viewed here -http://www.mystories.eu/stories/story/88/show Born on Long Marsh Lane in Lancaster, Mrs Clegg describes her early years including watching her Grandfather Haaf netting the River Lune, watching Barrow-in-Furness being bombed and befriending the evacuees and refugees. She describes the poverty which affected many people brought on by the depression in the 1930s. www.mystories.eu www.dhesolutions.co.uk