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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
A collection of items used by the ARP - and an item of bedroom china on the bottom of which a Nazi swastika had been painted so that patriotic citizens could relieve their feelings about that abominable organisation. A collection of items used by the ARP And then a large panel of Sandra Aston's photographs of local war time weddings.  And beneath that, photos of local celebrations of victory and remembrance events. a large panel of Sandra Aston's photographs
 items of naval interest The last case contained items of naval interest, all lent by Reg Aston, whose father was in the Royal Navy and some of whose possessions were included here. Kathy Kiely lent this gas mark. Kathy Kiely lent this gas mark.
Mr. D. C. Roberts had made up this board which was about his uncle, John Roberts, who fought and died in the Far East. Mr. D. C. Roberts had made up this board which was about his uncle, Too late to get into a display case Mr Poole brought along this membership card of the Wolverhampton LMS unit.  The LDV soon became the Home Guard.  membership card of the Wolverhampton LMS unit. 
After so many years this must still be one of the most execrated of flags. After so many years this must still be one of the most execrated of flags.  A perversion of a Hindu good luck symbol, it is still powerful and it still attracts those mean minded men who favour what we fought against.  But it represents what the war was about and our exhibition needed  it.  We are grateful to Lew Hartill for lending it. ARP first aid bag, Later on Megan Fitzgerald-Plummer bought along an ARP first aid bag, which she had, thankfully, rescued from being thrown into a skip.  We were glad to be able to add it to the display.  Here it is with all it contents: Elastoplast, bandages, pins, a tourniquet, smelling salts and sal volatile but not a pain killer in sight.  

In the centre of the room we had large tables on which were displayed a variety of items, including books about the war, a collection of Remembrance Service programmes and a number of display folders in which Reg had put even more pictures and documents relating to the War.

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