WW2 - WAR AT HOME
WW2 EXHIBITION BOARDS
The interpretation boards displayed at the Middlewich WW2 Festival were based on the work of our local historian Allan Earl and the memories of 57 people interviewed by Sylvia Walton and Heritage Officer Kerry Fletcher, with the help of volunteers. The shared information and collection of material has made great advances in understanding the role of Middlewich and its people in WW2.
(See Allan Earl’s ‘Middlewich at War’ booklet in the further reading and book shop sections). The Byley Aerodrome board was completed with the help of Allan Earl, Gerald Coates of ‘Firmin Coates’, English Monument record and Mrs Wheatley.
RAF CRANAGE - BYLEY AIRFIELD
A website developed by Craig Singleton giving the detailed history of the airfield from 1939 until its de-commissioning in 1957. Many of the photographs in this collection were taken by Arthur Woodhams, the negatives and copyright were transferred to Craig from Geoff Jaques of Scarborough.
THE MIDDLEWICH TIMES
A fascinating newspaper style 13 page account of Middlewich and it residents during World War 2, complete with authentic adverts from the period.
Each page carries it’s own theme, examples include ,Saving & Fundraisers, The story of HMS Jasper (the ship that Middlewich built) and Middlewich Home Guard Established.
MIDDLEWICH WW2 WEEKEND PHOTOGRAPHS
A selection of photographs taken during the Middlewich WW2 Festival in September 2010 by John and David Hudson. Special thanks for a fantastic weekend go out to: North West WW2 Association, UK Homefront, Blitz and Peaces, Fiona Harrison, The VCO Band, Julie Summers & Family, Paul Spence, Maureen Leverington and Gerry George.
This event could not have gone ahead without our volunteers, special thanks to each and everyone of you.
LOCAL WAR-TIME PHOTOGRAPHS
MIDDLEWICH WW2 WEEKEND - HISTORIC MEDIA PRODUCTIONS VIDEO
MIDDLEWICH WW2 WEEKEND DVD PREVIEW
MIDDLEWICH YOUTH THEATRE
The Colonel of Tamarkan – Julie Summers
The story of the Bridge on the River Kwai was loosely based the Second World War building of the bridge by The Colonel of Tamarkan – Julie Summers. British prisoners of war, however the characters and there roles were fictitional.
The Japanese were skilled engineers and the main role of the real life colonel, Phil Toosey, was to ensure that the men under his command suffered as little as possible at the hands of their unforgiving captors. Toosey was a merchant banker in civilian life but had been an active officer in the Territorial Army since 1925. When he was caught up in Singapore, the worst military defeat in British history, he refused to take the easy way out and be evacuated to India but chose to remain with his men. His story is one of bloody-minded determination not to give up in the face of an implacable enemy.
This biography is written by Philip Toosey’s grandaughter Julie Summers who is a writer, historian and broadcaster with a particular interest in the Second World War.