This week 1939, the Ministry of Supply appealed for fishermen, their wives and other volunteers to make camouflage nets for the war effort. Locally, a workstation was set up at the lido in Rhos-on-Sea.
Today 1942, George, Duke of Kent, was killed when his RAF flying boat crashed into a hillside in Caithness, Scotland. The brother of King George VI, his death marked the first time in 450 years that a member of the royal family had died on active service. Only three months before his untimely death, the Duke of Kent had been in north Wales fulfilling his duties as a Welfare Officer, touring RAF bases and Air...
Eighty one years ago this week, the Home Guard were ordered to prepare supplies of ‘Molotov’ cocktails in preparation for a German invasion. This crude incendiary device was made simply by filling a glass bottle with petrol and attaching a wick. The string wick was then lit and thrown at the enemy tank and exploded with the hope it would set the vehicle on fire. Local Home Guard battalions joined their brethren around the country...
Today 1941 The National Fire Service (NFS) was created by amalgamating the AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) with over 1600 local authority fire brigades. After the merger there were around 118,000 fulltime firemen and 180,000 auxiliaries across Britain. At the museum we have the uniform of Miss Margaret Wright who served with the NFS between 1942 and 1946. Margaret was 19 years old when the Second World War broke out and in January 1942 commenced duty...
104 years ago today the cargo steamer, SS Llandudno, was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the Mediterranean island of Parquerollos, while en route from Marseille to Salonika. The SS Llandudno was owned by Cardiff based, Evan Thomas, Radcliffe and Company who were principally involved with the transportation of Welsh steam coal. All the crew survived except the ship’s carpenter, Humphrey Griffith of Nefyn. He was 37 years old. From the Home Front...
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Under 16 years – £2-10
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