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A Family Remember

A Family Remember

Remembrance Sunday proved to be a special day for Cadet Lance Corporal Daniel Jones. At the Avenue of Remembrance, in the company of fellow cadets from his Bourne Detachment, he stood silently to honour the fallen. Later that day, Daniel headed to Oakham to meet up with his grandfather, Peter Baker OBE, who also had Remembrance […]

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YJA helps Army Cadets with Oral History Project

YJA helps Army Cadets with Oral History Project

 YJA’s Managing Editor, Sam Atkins, and Programme Manager, Rob Pitman, have helped Army Cadets from Caistor with an oral history project, which explores Lincolnshire’s role in 20th-century conflicts. The cadets decided to interview local people about their recollections of times of conflict and how this affected local communities. The film of the day has now […]

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The 74th Anniversary of the Blitz

The 74th Anniversary of the Blitz

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom celebrated the anniversary of the start of the Blitz. I know what some of you are thinking. What is the Blitz?  Well, 74 years ago in what was known as World War 2, Nazi Germany started dropping bombs on London. The leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler, wanted to terrorise England into defeat. […]

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When Spam dropped from the Skies

When Spam dropped from the Skies

By the end of WW2, the population of Holland had endured five years of great hardship. Many people were very hungry and over 20,000 died from starvation. A special arrangement was made between the German High Command and the RAF, allowing food to be dropped to the starving population below. This mission was named Operation […]

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YJA meets Stan Bradford DFM

YJA meets Stan Bradford DFM

Last week, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, YJA were invited to a WW2 Veterans’ Reunion hosted by RAF Scampton, the famous airbase of the Dambusters. I enjoyed the privilege of being able to interview Stan Bradford, who, at the age of 19, had a prominent part to play in World War […]

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Stamford school takes a digital step back in time

Stamford school takes a digital step back in time

St Gilbert’s Primary school are making history come to life with leading role in new project.

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Curse of the Gremlin!

Curse of the Gremlin!

They are devil fiction creatures, the author Roald Dahl during the war wrote a book about them in 1943. Later Walt Disney made a cartoon book based on Dahl’s characters, increasing their fame. Bomber crews during World War 2 used often used them as mascots and if an aircraft crashed or got shot they were […]

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Burgh School Remembers

Burgh School Remembers

  Inspired by the art installation at the Tower of London, one Lincolnshire school has made its own ‘sea of poppies’. Although Burgh School has not been able to match the four million who flocked to the Tower, their art display, which has now moved from the hall to the reception area, has proved a […]

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Remembrance in Horncastle

Remembrance in Horncastle

In my role as a  Public Relations Officer for the Army Cadet Force (ACF), I spent Sunday morning in Horncastle to celebrate Remembrance Sunday. The streets of the town were crowded as the parade, consisting of many local organisations, made its way to a packed St Mary’s Church and, later, to the old War Memorial Hospital. One of […]

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100 years on from World War One: Lights go out across Britain

100 years on from World War One: Lights go out across Britain

At 11pm on the 4th August 1914 Britain declared war and during the four years of conflict 900,000 UK servicemen and women lost their lives.  In memory of those that lost their lives and fought in the conflict thousands of lights were switched off across the country and candles were lit from 10:00pm until 11:00pm […]