These photos, collected by several people including Mike Parcell, Tommy Mitchell and Laura Medhurst are so redolent of another age with the preparations for war and the Victory Celebration tea party for VE Day are simply worthy of a larger audience. With the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in 2015 can you add any names to the few written on the back of the photos which will be added below. A better copy of the tea party photo has been uploaded – June 2016 – which can be further enlarged by clicking twice.
Two new pictures of the same event showing the scouts
This large group is a panorama stitch of 3 photos and is probably from the same occasion as the picture below. One young man sitting far right in the bottom row is also standing at the left in the photo below and maybe Edwards. CLICK to enlarge.
The children of Hartfield and parents at the VJ+1 Day August 16th 1945 celebration meal. CLICK TWICE to enlarge and see if you can recognise anyone! Initially we know that the man 4th from the left with his hands on his hips is Mr Chapman the butcher whose shop is in clear view. His wife is next to him nearer us. The first young man at the table on the left who was identified as Edwards by Tommy Mitchell appears to be the same as the young man on the left of the Volunteers Group in the picture above and may be wearing the same clothes so could date the pictures to within hours – or possibly days!
Names written on the back of copy of this picture held by Tommy Mitchell:
From left standing, Mr & Mrs Cadell, Edith Knight, Miss Jarrett, Mr & Mrs Chapman, Mrs Edwards (snr), Mrs Holman