1944 Jeep

D Day Jun 1944
D Day Jun 1944

 

My first birthday September 1944
My first birthday
September 1944

By the time of my first birthday in September, 1944 the D Day landings had taken place.

D Day Jun 1944
D Day June 1944

My father had been away at sea for a year and my mother was 2 months pregnant.

With my mother in Southsea 1944
With my mother in Southsea 1944

She had fallen in love with another man, and that changed the lives of us all.

His name was John, and he was in the US Navy.

When his ship returned after D Day he was stationed at Hungerford. He arranged a place for my mother and me and we moved to Nolton, West Wales.

Oct 1944 Nolton
Oct 1944 Nolton

Mother with me wearing a pork pie hat

Nov 1944 at Nolton
Nov 1944 at Nolton

and me with a baton from the US Navy.

Christmas 1944 was a difficult time for my mother.

A son from her husband, away at sea; a new baby on the way from her lover, and no way could she go to the States and leave me behind.

1945 would be a year of decision.

A life less ordinary