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Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily, was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day, and finally went to Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades and families have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all forming part of the jigsaw of Bill's war. The aim of these podcasts is to bring the memories to life and honour the soldiers, airmen and seamen who were connected to Bill in some way.

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Monday, 1 October 2012

Mrs Fish, Highcliffe, Hampshire - World War 2 Army memoir

This lady is fondly remembered by my Dad in his WW2 memoir. After Dunkirk, Dad was stationed at Highcliffe, near Bournemouth:

"Some mornings, I had to go into the village to make purchases for Major Petch and one of the shops we patronised was run by a little old lady named Mrs Fish. After a while, she asked me to have coffee with her and, only for five minutes, to listen to a short sermon and a hymn on the radio at 0955 hrs every morning. That five minutes always gave me a great peace of mind"

My mum, Anne Cheall, tells me this lady's shop was called The Jolly Roger and later became an Indian Restaurant and then a dress shop.

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