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75th Anniversary of VJ Day Liverpool 2020, Connections and Reflections.On the left a black and white photograph of Maurice Green and his wife Doris. Maurice is in his army uniform they are sat down together, his kit bag across his lap. They are both smiling happy to be reunited. On the right a black and white photograph of William Dickinson Davies sat in profile. He is wearing his army uniform and hat.

75th Anniversary of VJ Day Liverpool 2020, Connections and Reflections.

This Saturday the 15th of August is 75th anniversary of the Victory Over Japan Day, VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. The surrender effectively ended the war and allowed British soldiers, who had been fighting in Burma and those held captive across southeast Asia and the Far East, to return home. At least 20,000 of these men (as well as hundreds of civilian internees) disembarked in Liverpool between 8 October and the end of December that year. The remainder either returned via Southampton or, in the case of a few, flew back and were the first to arrive home during September.

Posted on: 14 August 2020

Caravan of LovePlans for a Dream Caravan, 1944. By Capt. Reginald ‘Reg’ Newman, 48 LAA (49 Bty), RA Loaned by Janet Fursier (neé Newman, artist’s daughter)

Caravan of Love

Today it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the second world war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and hope for a better future. Three months after the war had ended in Europe, just over 37,500 British Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) were liberated from camps and made the long-awaited journey home. One of these men was British Army Captain Reginald Newman from Powys Wales.

Posted on: 8 May 2020