Hi all and welcome to the site!
I thought I’d start off by introducing myself and explaining a little more about what I am trying to achieve here.
So my name is Rhian, I was born and raised in Felinfach, Ceredigion until the age of 18 when I moved the 6 miles to Lampeter to attend university where I studied Archaeology and Anthropology. Throughout this time I have always had an interest in the Second World War and this has developed into the drive to collect social histories of my area during the war years. Lampeter is a small university town in west Wales surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is peaceful and a long way from anywhere (or so it seems when you don’t drive!) Continue reading
Just a quick update here as I’m off out to the day job all day today, work has been fairly busy this week but I’ve managed to fit in a fair amount of research in the evenings and my day off. The other good thing is that news of my project has started to circulate around town and people are coming forward with more suggestions all the time of who may be able to help with different parts of the town’s history, fantastic!
I have been busy letter writing at all spare moments this week, even during my lunch break at work. One of the things I have heard so often already is ‘speak to Mrs/Mr Bloggs they’ll be able to help, they’re fit and well at the moment but do it soon as they’re not getting any younger.’ The sad truth is that anyone who can help me with first-hand experiences of Lampeter during the war will, of course, be older but the reality of this comment really hit me last week when one of the people recommended to me the previous week sadly passed away a few days later.
This project was started with the intention of trying to save the unwritten memories and stories of my local area during the war before they were lost and now I feel it is even more important than ever that I push on with what I am doing.
So if anyone can help or knows anyone with a story to share about Lampeter and the area during the Second World War please drop me a message I would love to hear from you.
All the best until next time.
Rhian – West Wales at War
I’m back after a busy weekend of family get togethers and email writing! I survived, although I had forgotten how exhausting my 3-year-old niece and 7-year-old nephew could be, they are full of beans! I spent part of my extra day off raiding my local Library for local history books and am quite proud of the little stack they managed to provide.
Tonight, however, I’m looking for any wartime pupils of St Silas School, Dingle from Liverpool. As I mentioned in my previous post, Lampeter and the area saw many young evacuees from Liverpool during the Second World War but I have found specific mention of a St Silas pupil evacuated to Lampeter. I’m not sure if the school would have been evacuated all together to the same area so I am looking for anyone who could possibly shed a little light on this for me. Were you a pupil at St Silas at the time or know someone who was? Or maybe you became a foster family for a wartime evacuee from Liverpool, I’d be interested to hear from anyone who can help!
I have some reading to get on with now, but until next time have a good week!
Rhian – West Wales at War
So it’s the end of another week and now it’s time for three days off from the day job leaving me open for more researching (and a family birthday/anniversary celebration in-between!)
During the Second World War thousands of young children and mothers were evacuated to the safety of Wales from areas of England that were considered at high risk of attacks by the enemy. Many were sent from Liverpool and London, arriving bewildered in a place unfamiliar to them. Their experiences of being an evacuee varied hugely some were miserable living with strangers who spoke an unknown language separated from their loved ones whereas others thrived in their new countryside homes. Continue reading
Just to let you know I’m keeping busy on these lovely warm evenings reading up on the arrival and stay of the 28th Infantry Division (ID) from October 1943 to April 1944. The 28th ID was originally the Pennsylvania National Guard, many of the soldiers from that area were of Welsh descent and were welcomed to Wales when they arrived to train for the D-Day landings.
The 28th ID docked at Cardiff in 1943 bringing almost 14,000 American soldiers to Wales, they were spread out across the Welsh countryside and began training and preparing for the retaking of France.