Wisbech man publishes book on life during Second World War

Kevin Rogers with his book Wisbech at War - The Home Front.

Kevin Rogers with his book Wisbech at War - The Home Front. - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech man has published a book about life during the Second World War.

Wisbech Standard 18 September 1940

Wisbech Standard 18 September 1940 - Credit: Archant

Written by Kevin Rodgers, ‘Wisbech At War – The Home Front’ details the hardships people faced during wartime.

Wisbech Standard 8 September 1939

Wisbech Standard 8 September 1939 - Credit: Archant

“The story of bombs that fell on Wisbech is retold in detail and memories of those involved are given,” Kevin said.

The home of Mrs Edna Kiddle and her son Trevor.

The home of Mrs Edna Kiddle and her son Trevor. - Credit: Archant

“After research in Cambridge and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, I appealed to those old enough to actually remember the details and has stories of London evacuees sent to live in Wisbech as well as those whose homes were destroyed by the Luftwaffe.

Wisbech Standard 23 October 1942

Wisbech Standard 23 October 1942 - Credit: Archant

“I collected hundreds of newspaper articles, mostly from The Wisbech Standard of the war years.

Wisbech Standard 8 May 1942

Wisbech Standard 8 May 1942 - Credit: Archant


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“Did you realise that Wisbech collected enough to buy its own Spitfire? The disappointment of a few when The Tank in the Park was sent for scrap or the heartbreak when many Wisbech men in the Cambridgeshire Regiment were captured within a few days of landing in Singapore.

Friday Bridge camp and identity card

Friday Bridge camp and identity card - Credit: Archant

“They stayed in captivity for more than three years.

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“Concern about invasion was rife and there are official documents advising how the Home Guard could attack a tank with a shotgun (just like Dad’s Army shown on television)”

‘Wisbech at War – The Home Front’ is available from Wisbech Museum or Etcetera York Row, Wisbech. It is priced at £4.50.

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