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The stories connected to the story

Great unpublished history!

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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Paul Cheall

Monday, 24 July 2017

15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

15 The WWII poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

Great, unpublished history!  

In April 1940 John went to France with the British Expeditionary Force as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.  |  And he took his weapons of choice with him - gun, pencil and paper!

Poignant poetry of loyalty and comradeship, crafted during the London Blitz bombing! 

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wwii poems of John Smith

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

14 The Last Flight of Lancaster Lily Mars, WW2

The Last Flight of Lancaster Lily Mars, WW2  

Great, unpublished history!  

The story of WW2 Lancaster bomber LL678 together with its courageous crew during WW2 in 1944  |  The Lancaster’s veteran RAF crew of Canadian, Australian and English airmen had been on what was to be their last mission before they retired.  | And on a mission with almost too many cruel twists to bear, we hear the last poignant letter sent by the pilot to his family in an unwitting but foreboding prediction of the mission’s fate.  

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Flight Sergeant Donald Savage, Rear Gunner

Don Savage - WW2 Lancaster podcast


RAF Lancaster Lily Mars

Lily Mars - WW2 Lancaster podcast

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Monday, 8 May 2017

13 Danger - Unexploded Bomb!

Danger - Unexploded Bomb! 

Great, unpublished history! 

 The story of one man’s brave war against unexploded bombs in wartime London, during the 1940 Blitz: Brian Moss, Platoon Sergeant in 233 Field Company, Royal Engineers. 

"Imagine the shock when your pick clangs against steel. You wonder if you have started the clock ticking. On your knees, you use a trowel to carefully uncover the bomb."


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Saturday, 4 March 2017

I DARE you to listen! Scary Dunkirk podcast on brave little ship the Bee. The courageous crew saved hundreds of lives in a daring Dunkirk adventure in 1940. 

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Podcast - Kindle - iBook news

A podcast is now available free from iTunes. The first two episodes are on Dunkirk and North Africa. Please click here for more info:

Also, Dad’s memoirs are now available on Kindle at or Apple ibook at

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.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Newly released - WW2 diary of Major Leslie Petch - Army Officer

It is with great pleasure that I have just posted up a number of letters which Major Petch posted home during the early days of the BEF at Dunkirk, together with some memoirs written soon after the Dunkirk evacuation. The papers make interesting reading and contain a number of humorous anecdotes. His letters and diary were kindly provided by Mrs Jill Garrett, the daughter of Major Petch.

Major Leslie Petch was mentioned many times in Dad's WW2 autobiography. Dad was his batman and despatch rider during the time of the British Expeditionary Force in France and at Dunkirk, when they were on the beaches together, when Dad observed, 'Major Petch, was a tower of strength to us all and I could almost feel him suffering inwardly for the safety of his lads.'
Dad described Major Petch as "a good, kindly man and I enjoyed attending to his needs. He adored his B Company and looking after him gave me much pleasure. He would say, ‘Now then, Cheall - I am doing so-and-so today. I will need you to accompany me’. It was good while it lasted. He really was a gentleman and never forgot that the lads were human beings as well as soldiers."

Click this War Diary link to read more.