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Ernest 'Jim' Cannings

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:39 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Father was in France, went over on D-Day +1 but was grounded in Channel so actually arrived D-Day +8. Was an accountant in the Quartermasters for the Royal Artillery, 75th Anti-Tank Regiment. Sent home cards from Europe (possibly Netherlands) to Iris including birthday and Christmas cards.

Iris was evacuated to Buckinghamshire during the war which felt very far away. Remembers the 1st night of the Blitz (lived in Clapham Common), running through streets and being stopped by a policeman due to an unexploded bomb. Local homes were bombed and people killed. Her mother looked after children who had been bombed out.

Iris did a lot of dancing during the war. Has a dress (Can-can) made out of black-out material).


Item list and details

1. ID card for brother - Raymond Cannings 2. Aunty's ration book (Florence Payne) 3. Cards from father 4. Photo of victory party in Buckingham 5. Brooches from Germany

Person the story/items relate to

Herself and father (Ernest Jim Cannings).

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Type of submission

Shared at Hungerford Library, Berkshire on 30 November 2023.

Record ID

114312 | HUN006