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Union Flag Memories of our meeting and exhibition
5th - 12th June 2004 at Bilston Craft Gallery
Continued

D-DAY AND WORLD WAR 2

Union Flag
 entrance to the gallery and library At the entrance to the gallery and library we had posters displayed, one of them on a newspaper placard stand arranged by Gerald Hanrahan. a large Union Jack and a whole range of government war time propaganda posters On the stairs up the First Floor space we had another placard board, a large Union Jack and a whole range of government war time propaganda posters which urged people on the home front to think whether their journey was really necessary, to remember that walls have ears, to make do and mend, and so on.
On the first wall there was a vast array of pictures dealing with local aspects of the home front, the Home Guard, the Auxilliary Fire Service, the Women's Voluntary Service, industry, servicemen and the RAF. On the table in front we had, by courtesy of Reg Aston, many documents which visitors could take copies of. 
These included pieces  by Alma Darby, Bill Pope, Arthur Wilkes (by courtesy of Dorothy Wilkes), George Philpott, Bill Pope, Ken Gretton, David Squire and Reg Aston.
a vast array of pictures In the first display cases we had a war time toilet roll, Puritan and Fairy soap, war time aircraft spotters' book and other items, all lent by Reg Aston and Frank Sharman. other items, all lent by Reg Aston and Frank Sharman.
 army battledress tunic In the first corner we had a board displaying pictures about war time entertainment, including photos of all the film stars who could be seen in films showing in the Black Country on D-Day.

We also had this army battledress tunic lent by Keith Taylor.  It had been his father's during the war.

 firewatching badges from John Thompson Ltd and Sankeys; a war time ID cards from Turner Manufacturing and Hobsons Next, this display case contained items including firewatching badges from John Thompson Ltd and Sankeys; a war time ID cards from Turner Manufacturing and Hobsons.  Thanks for these items go to Ken Pearce, Stan Slater and Geoff Price.
And then we had a bright array of silk "sweetheart" hankies as well as examples of  trench art, a bosun's whistle, a Ghurka kukri and other items.   Thanks to Kath Keily, Kevin Stanford, Stan Slater, Margaret Slater, Rose Blackham. a bright array of silk "sweetheart" hankies This case contained occupation currency, ID cards, dog tags, all relating to Sgt Wilf Blunsden, and Nazi badges, shells and bullets, an officer's swagger stick, a Dinky toy model of a tank transported made by Sankeys,  and other items.  Thanks to Anita Cox, Vaughan Wallis, Bruce Woodall, Kevin Stanford. This case contained occupation currency, ID cards, dog tags, all relating to Sgt Wilf Blunsden
 memorabilia made by Alf Lovell, In the next case was a collection of memorabilia made by Alf Lovell, which included many German items which Alf had collected as he fought through Germany.  Thanks to his son, also Alf Lovell, for lending them. Wartime photos In the right hand corner there was a panel about the Bevin Boys and another about the Women's Land Army.  Then photos of PLUTO, which Bilston played a large part in, and photos of D-Day and after, including the South Staffs Regiment.  And then there were some pictures about the ARP ...

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