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.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
I had an email yesterday from Bruce Reynolds, who I had recently been in contact with in connection with my search for information concerning the September '44 fighting over the Antwerp-Turnhout Canal. Without wishing to give too much away, Bruce has written a very personal book about his experiences in the area in which his Father's mate served.
Tonight an interview with Bruce that was conducted for The Book Show on the Spanish radio station Talk Radio Europe was broadcast. A link to the edited broadcast can be found here.
The book can be purchased here:
Saturday, 9 April 2016
General Sir James Steele commanded the 59th (Staffordshire) Division from 15th February 1941 to 5th April 1942.