The intentions to document this information are long standing in that they go back some two decades to the early/mid 1990’s, just a few years before the subject of this site, James Kitchener Heath passed away.
As is the case in so many families in which a generation experienced war and all its traumas, certain aspects of service are known, but all too often the details are sketchy and disjointed. Add into this mix the passage of time and the result is invariably a collection of stories and fragments of memories accompanied by a handful of fragile and faded documents (if you are lucky) that represent the sum of information relating to the most extraordinary period in a soldier’s life. This was certainly the case in our family..... and it’s not much to go on.
In February 1995, my Father and I struggled to put together a potted service history to be read by the cleric presiding over my Grandfather’s funeral. At this point I decided to take steps to fill in some of the gaps as best I could.... sadly now without the benefit of first hand testimony.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Fusilier Ken West Interview on BBC Radio Leicester May 2015
Whilst just pottering around the subject of the R.S.F. this evening I stumbled across the audio interview with Fusilier Ken West that now features in the side panel to the right of the screen. Recorded for BBC Radio Leicester on the eve of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, Ken reflects on his disappointment to be heading back to Germany on the big day, May 8th 1945, as his leave pass expired on that day and he was obliged to return to his unit.