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Chipperfield In The Second World War

1st of May 2014

Now the publication of our book is imminent, I thought it might be the right time to reflect on how it all came about.

In 2008 we published ‘Chipperfield Men in the Great War’, which told the stories of the 169 Chipperfield men listed on the Roll of Honour in St Paul’s Church. Our sources of information were very limited because many war records had been destroyed in the Blitz. We had to rely on census records, church magazines, newspaper report s and limited family resources. Even photographs were hard to come by and there were only 39 in the book. Ninety years had elapsed since the end of the 1914-18 War and memories had faded, making research difficult.

During his researches, Andrew Nobbs discovered a Roll of Honour in a Parish Magazine published a the end of the 1939-45 War and it listed 200 men and women who had served in WW2 Of course, it roused our interest , but we were going to need a lot of help to contact all the families named. It was conversations with Chris Saunders of Rose Farm that made us realise that there were still a lot of people living in the village who could give us first hand information. Having lived in the village from a very early age and, having delivered milk to many of the local houses, he knew where many of the people on the list had actually lived or he was able to direct us to other long-term residents who could help.

It was Chris’s unexpected death in 2009 that was the deciding factor for us and the challenge was on to find out all that we could. This WW2 book is different because it contains so many personal memories. Sadly, several people are now no longer with us but they have left a legacy for you to read and we are grateful to them for that.

Finally,, Andrew and I would like to express our appreciation for the assistance that we have received from so many people from all over the country. Mary Nobbs

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