John Gardiner [12th (Airborne) Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment]

John Gardiner was recently interviewed by Ben Fox for the Moorlander publication.  He has given us his permission to kindly repost the interview here to be saved in the WarGen archives. On June 6, it’ll be 74 years since Allied troops began one of the most audacious and daring operations of the Second World War: … Continue reading John Gardiner [12th (Airborne) Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment]

Sergeant Cliff Martin [2nd Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment]

The following are clips provided by Geoff Martin, the son of Sgt Cliff Martin who left some of his memories of his time in WW2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORGDIv0hfww Why did you choose the Regiment? Well I'll tell you the story. I joined in 1937 in the height of the depression. I had been out of work for … Continue reading Sergeant Cliff Martin [2nd Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment]

Major-General John Michael Watson Badcock, MBE [Royal Corps of Signals]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNg_A-_NscI My full name is John Michael Watson Badcock. I was born 10th November 1922 in Nazareth in Palestine, which is slightly unusual. How did you come to be out there? Right, my father was a gunner in the first world war and he fought in A..(?)  army from Egypt up to Syria up to … Continue reading Major-General John Michael Watson Badcock, MBE [Royal Corps of Signals]

Wartime Memories of John “Jack” Bracewell, RASC and Parachute Regiment

John (“Smiler Jack”) Bracewell was born in Bradford on 5th October 1922 and was around 17 years old when World War 2 broke out. This interview records his childhood memories before the war and his experiences during the war in the Royal Army Service Corps and afterwards with the Parachute Regiment. The transcript and the … Continue reading Wartime Memories of John “Jack” Bracewell, RASC and Parachute Regiment