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Souvenirs From Abroad, Musings From At Home

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posted on 2024-06-05, 17:28 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

These are souvenirs my father brought home from his time abroad, as well as ration books and other items from our childhoods. I also have the diaries my mother kept for three years while he was serving. I want to transcribe them, but I haven't yet, I haven't even really read them completely because they're such a private thing.

This story was shared during an in-person interview at a Digital Collection Day. A transcription of the interview is attached to this record.


Item list and details

1. Jean Pooley's diaries, 1940-1942 2. Royal Marines, H.O. 104 Squad photo - Chatham, Gillingham 3. Pooley family ID cards 4. Souvenir of Ceylon for soldiers/marines 5. 2x maps and guides to Ceylon given to Marines before landing 6. "UVADIT" magazine produced on board the ship by the crew to entertain themselves on the way to Egypt 7. Postcards collected by George while in Ceylon

Person the story/items relate to

Harold George and Jean Pooley

Person who shared the story/items

Susan Helen Pooley

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Father and mother

Type of submission

Shared at Todmorden Library, West Yorkshire on 24 November 2023.

Record ID

101887 | TOD010