Compendium of WW2 memories published

Between April and December 2020, over 20 accounts of the World War Two memories and experiences of Radley people and life on the home front in the village were published on the Radley History Club website. The accounts were produced by Club member and former chairman, Christine Wootton, and were published initially to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in May 2020. Some of the accounts are about the wartime experiences of individual Radley residents (often in ways unrelated to Radley) and some about life on the home front in the village.

The accounts are based on recordings from the Club’s oral history collection and material acquired by Christine during research on other topics.

You can read the individual accounts online here or you can now download a PDF (2.3MB) containing all the accounts grouped in the following eight categories:

  • Military service
  • Life in Radley
  • Radley Home Guard
  • Life in Oxford
  • Life in London
  • Life elsewhere in England
  • Life in Germany
  • Escape from Germany