Out of Dunkeswell

This Book explains the exploits of the US Navy flying Liberators out of Dunkeswell Airfield in the last few years of WWII. Including the last flight of Joseph Kennedy, elder brother of JFK, who flew in a flying bomb towards France in August 1944.

The book is available from this web site at a price of 7 pounds.

Hemyock School Gardners – Girls 1938 / 1940.

School gardeners-girls. c 1938/40 Back Row.L -R Rose Pike, Pat Guppy, Aylwin Alway. 2nd Row- Yvonne Summers, Joan Hassan, Peggy Howe. 3rd Row- Pam Stokes, ?.

Hemyock School Gardners – Boys 1942/1943

School Gardeners-boys. c 1942/43. Back Row- ?, Rodney Clist, ?, Second Row. Ken Clarke, ?, Michael Northam. Front Row- Mervyn Shepperd(?), Michael Pike.

The christmas party of the milk factory in 1940.

The social side of life was not neglected, this is a Christmas party for the children of the employees in the old factory hall c. 1940.

Hemyock Bellringers 1949.

Bellringers c. 1949 this was taken at the time of Rev. L. Ketchley’s departure as Rector of Hemyock Church and the arrival of Rev. Stamp

Back row L-R Les Morrell, Dennis Hart, Donald Salter (in RAF uniform) Joe Thomas and Brian Small.

Front row L-R Rev. Ketchley, Charles Trim, Leslie Hart, Michael Pike, Rev. Stamp and Ernest Symons (?)

Hemyock Baby Show

Another generation of Hemyockians pictured with their proud mothers at a Hemyock Baby show c1949/50. The proud mothers include Mrs Joan Lawrence with John sitting in the from row right also Mrs Granger, Higgins, Salter, Pursey, Still and King.

Redwoods 1945 Bedford Duple Vista

One of Redwood’s early coaches. A Bedford Duple Vista (Royal Blue). A 29 seater used from 1945, pictured at a rally.

Upottery Home Guard 1939-45

Picture showing men of Upottery Home Guard 1939-1945

The men of Upottery Home Guard

The picture shows 37 members of the Upottery Home guard (1935-1945)

Back row: F. Pym, M. Spiller, Richard Drew, Stanley Wright (Stanley Arthur William Wright born 1921 in Kilmington moved to Highley Farm, Upottery in 1931), Bert Cooke, Ern Joyce, A. Edwards, Len Wyatt, Reg Underdown, Tom Shepherd, Will Harris, Ed Selway, F. Bartlett and Jack Dare.

Second row: J. Baker, R. Edwards, William Bartlett, Cpl. Raymond Reed, W. Edwards, W. Salvage, Stanley Lane, B. Tidball, ? Spiller, J. Edwards, Arthur Quick, S. Retter, Henry Boyland, L. Pincombe and George Bond.

Front row (seated): Cpl. Alf Pavey, Cpl. Les Rowland, Sgt. J. Boyland, (Officer, rank unknown) W. Parris, (Officer, rank unknown but appears to be Lt.) F. Jefferies, Sgt. H. Crabb, Sgt. A. Crabb and Sgt. R. Wyatt.

Can you help with first names?

James and William Berry

Picture of James Berry and son William. 1947.

James and sone William, digging out their Austin 7 Van.

James Berry and his son, William. Taken in 1947, the picture shows them, clearing the snow by hand. Their tiny (by today’s standards) Austin Seven van still has a long way to go!

Do you know the Berry family? Can you tell us more about James and William or why they were battling against the odds, that day?