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Memorabilia belonging to Frederick Burnett

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Father never spoke about the war. He joined the Royal Army Service Corps and started training in Herne Bay in 1940 when he was 24. He sent postcards of Herne Bay when he wrote to his wife. He joined the 1st Airborne but never got his wings; he was attached to 250 Coy RASC Airborne Light. He served in North Africa with Frost and spoke very highly of him. Then he went to Normandy. The administration of the German army was very efficient and immaculate.

Father was a dispatcher, pushing supplies out of planes over Arnhem. He had photos of occupied Belgium and carried a 5 franc token for money in case they landed in Belgium while flying over Arnhem.


Item list and details

1 Telegram, marriage certificate and special license and photos of wedding day. Driving licence, soldier's release book. Newspaper cuttings sent from mother to father.

Person the story/items relate to

Frederick Arthur Burnett

Person who shared the story/items

Alan Burnett

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Type of submission

Shared at Portishead Library, Somerset on 4 December 2023.

Record ID

104410 | POR009