Category Archives: Second World War

Xmas Pie

This programme captures so much about Aberystwyth history. In WW2 the town was a major base for initial training for the RAF. This performance brought the military and the town together in the iconic King’s Hall to raise money for … Continue reading

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Captain Richard G. Read of Llangawsai, Llanbadarn Fawr

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan on the 15th of August 2020 we present a guest blog by Simon Burgess, Capt. Read’s great grandson. During World War 2, Richard Read was a prisoner of war, captured by … Continue reading

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‘We trust our letters are reaching you’: The Experiences of a Prisoner of War from Aberystwyth in Japanese Labour Camps

We are delighted to present another guest blog by Dr. Lucy Smith. Dr. Lucy Smith has degrees in English Literature and Archive Administration and her doctorate was on Julia Margaret Cameron’s photography. She is particularly interested in creative archives, and … Continue reading

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Inspection and protection: the work of the School Medical Officer in Cardiganshire

The School Medical Service was established on 1 January 1908 as a requirement of the Education (Administrative Provisions) Act, 1907. Section 13 of the Act states that: The duty to provide for the medical inspection of children immediately before, or … Continue reading

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‘You Can Join Too’: recruitment for the Civil Nursing Reserve

In the months building up to the Second World War the Ministry of Health was required to increase the number of beds available in civilian hospitals for anticipated casualties from air raids. The Central Emergency Committee for the Nursing Profession … Continue reading

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Government Evacuation Scheme: new arrivals in Cardiganshire

The Government Evacuation Scheme, codenamed Operation Pied Piper, began on Friday, 1st of September 1939 and arranged for the removal of more than three million people from areas under threat of aerial bombardment to towns and rural locations deemed to … Continue reading

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