Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Upon this Rock": Buttermere in WW2

1. Buttermere and St James' Parish Church
The church is built high on a rocky promontory
2. The wrought iron shepherd's gate of Buttermere church
Originally dedicated to former clergy of the parish

"The Good Shepherd guides his flock"
3. The nave of St James' Church, Buttermere.
The WW2 memorial can be seen on the left hand side wall
4. Buttermere's War Memorials found inside the church
(Left): The Buttermere WW1 'Roll of Honour'
(Right): The WW2 memorial for Alan Edmond Catherall
5. Buttermere village and valley looking south-west
Sourmilk Gill is the stream seen flowing down the fellside
The cloud covers the summits of Red Pike and High Stile 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

International Holocaust Memorial Day

1. Holocaust Memorial Day Booklet 
[Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, January 2016]
2. Elie Wiesel, K.B.E., Nobel Peace prize winner
A Romanian born survivor of the Nazi Holocaust
[Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, January 2016]
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Saturday, January 09, 2016

The War Memorials of Armathwaite, Cumbria

1. Entrance to Armathwaite Parish churchyard, Cumbria
Beside the village hall which was erected in 1854
[The church is dedicated to Christ and Our Lady]
2. British Legion standard mounted inside the church
3. Stained glass window honouring a local WW1 casualty
[Second Lieutenant Charles Rushton Turner, R.F.A.]  
4. Framed WW2 'Roll of Honour' for Armathwaite parish
[Wall mounted inside Christ and Our Lady Parish Church]
5. The framed WW2 'Roll of Honour' of Armathwaite.
[Commemorating four locals who died during WW2]
6. Headstone of Corporal T.F. Gasgarth, R.A.F.V.R.
[Armathwaite Churchyard, Cumbria]
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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Covent Garden Christmas

* Season’s Greetings 2015 *

[Photographs taken in December 2015]
1. Christmas tree outside St Paul’s Church,
Covent Garden, London
2. Covent Garden ‘Apple Market’ barrows
(At the entrance to the former indoor fruit market)
3. The Covent Garden indoor ‘Apple Market’
(Seasonally decorated by large artificial mistletoe)
Formerly London’s fruit and vegetable market
Traders now sell antiques, collectables, art works, etc
4. Reindeer street decoration
(The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is in the background)
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During WW2, London’s main fruit and vegetable market remained at Covent Garden as it had done since 1670. In 1973 the fruit and vegetable market moved to New Covent Garden at Nine Elms, S.W. London about 3 miles (c. 5 kilometres) from its original site.

Between 1973 and 1980 the original Covent Garden was redeveloped as a popular shopping, tourist, theatrical and entertainment district, as seen in the photographs above. Christmastime at Covent Garden in 2015 was rather different to Christmastime during the Second World War, especially that of December 1940 when London was being bombed on most nights. 
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

French Resistance Exhibition in Cumbria

1. The British and French flags hang side-by-side
Honouring a WW2 agent, Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville
(A member of the ‘PAT’ escape and evasion network)
[Cumbria Archives, Whitehaven (Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016)
2. Information board summarising the exhibition:
“A most remarkable woman”
(Mlle. Maud Olga Andrée Baudot de Rouville)
[The exhibition is based on her personal collection 
3. Mr and Mrs Tim Heslop at the exhibition opening
With a Red Cross uniform of Olga Baudot de Rouville.
Tim Heslop’s father was Dr John Heslop. M.C.   
[Dr Heslop worked with Olga in the P.O.W. hospital at Lille]
4. French Christmas card sent to Olga (21 December 1945)
[It was sent by her friend Paula from Mouvaux, Nord
5. A personal business card and a 1946 New Year Card
[Part of the personal collection of Olga Baudot de Rouville]
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Captain Michael V.P. Fleming (1913 – 1940)

1. WW1 memorial, Palace of Westminster, London
Inside Westminster Hall [Photo taken with permission]
Remembering M.P.s Lords and officers killed in WW1
Major Valentine Fleming. M.P. (1882 – 1917) is listed
2. Captain Michael Fleming (1st left) & other officers
4th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks. L.I.  
Taken at Attiches, France (March 1940)
Courtesy of Cumbria County Archives / Fleming family.
3. The Catholic University (‘Catho’), Lille
Staff and student accommodation building 
(This is across the road from the chapel)
Where wounded B.E.F. officers were cared for (1940)
4. Captain Michael Valentine Paul Fleming's headstone
Lille Southern Cemetery, France (Grave 5/B/29)
Photograph taken with permission 
5. Addresses in a post-war diary and address book
It belonged to Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville
(A Red Cross nurse in the P.O.W. hospital at Lille)
Bottom left is the name & address of Mrs Letitia Fleming
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville (1891 – 1979)

1. Cumbria County Council bookmarks:
[Left]: Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville (1891 – 1979)
A Red Cross nurse and M.I.9 agent
[Right]: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux prayer card
2. Cumbria County Council poster:
Sister Olga Baudot de Rouville and related documents
Part of an Archives exhibition (Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016)
3. Two M.I. 9 ‘PAT’ line agents of WW2:
[Left]: "Françoise" with General De Gaulle
"Françoise" became head of the escape and evasion line
(Her true name was Marie-Louise Dissard)
[Right]: Olga Baudot de Rouville / ‘‘Thérèse Martin’’
A photograph used for a false I.D. card 
4. False I.D. card for “Suzanne Marie Gauthier”:
One of several false I.D. cards Olga used in the war
She was using this identity in the middle of 1944 
5. Haute- Savoie Health Service order:   
Issued to “Suzanne Gauthier” (18/09/1944)
Issued by the C.F.L.N. (F.F.I)
(French Committee of National Liberation)
(Issued shortly after the Liberation)
6. Travel Pass of “Suzanne Gauthier”:   
Authorising a journey to Paris after the Liberation
Issued by the Liberation Committee (19/09/1944) 
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Cumbria County Libraries and Archives Service
December 2015 – January 2016
“A Most Remarkable Woman”
An exhibition has been arranged at the Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre about the life and the wartime experiences of Maud Olga Andrée Baudot de Rouville (1891 – 1979). It is based on a collection of her personal documents, photographs and possessions held by the Cumbria County Libraries and Archives Service. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

1. The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich (O.R.N.C.)
[Now home to the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre] 
2. The story of the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich
Its motto: "By wisdom as much as war"
(Displayed at the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre)
3. Part of the Oral History collection of the O.R.N.C.:
Naval Officer Derek Gaulter speaks about D-Day
 
4. Another part of the Oral History collection:
The story of the WRNS training courses after 1939 
5. WW2 Cipher Officer Jane Eldridge tells her story.
(As a wartime WRN, she trained at Greenwich 1942/1943)
6. WW2 Officer Susan Martin (nee Byron) tells her story.
(As a wartime WRN, she also trained at Greenwich)
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Monday, November 23, 2015

A 1939 Electric Delivery Vehicle

1. Harrod’s Electric Vehicle No. 952 (side view)
This is a local 'carrying and delivering’ vehicle
Built in 1939 it was one of a fleet of 60 electric vehicles 

2. Harrod’s Electric Vehicle No. 952 (EYT 382)  
The restored vehicle is still being used: 
Covent Garden, London (November 2015) 
3. The story of Harrod’s inter-war electric vehicles
Display at Covent Garden, London (November 2015) 
4. Jonathan, a modern day chauffeur of E.V. 952
(Many original drivers were disabled ex-servicemen)
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Poppies at Remembrance time

1. The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London (November 2015)
With poppy wreaths remembering the 'Fallen'
2. Close up of the poppy wreaths left at the Cenotaph
3. Poppy wreath left by London Transport (November 2015)
(Remembering comrades who fell in the World Wars)
4. Monument to the Women of WW2 
A garland of poppies encircles the monument
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The British Museum remembers

1. Main entrance of the British Museum, London
2. War Memorial of the British Museum
(Adjacent to the main entrance of the museum)
It remembers staff who died in the two World Wars 
3. Commemorating the staff who died in the 1914 - 1918 war
4. Commemorating the staff who died in the 1939 - 1945 war
5. Tributes placed at the British Museum War Memorial
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