The Veterans

About the Veterans

 

Norman Foord

Norman Foord

"I Attended Whitehawk School 1935-1941," and was the "only boy in my class to pass the 11 Plus exam and go to Varndean."

Norman's school reports and his war-time diary are in the school Archive. Norman brought in some of his reports to show to the children at Whitehawk.

Read extracts from Norman's diary

 

Maurice Funnell

Maurice Funnell

"I was in the Whitehawk School for my entire education. The latter years during the war spending much time in the air raid shelters. I lived in the area from 1930 to 1955."

 

Elizabeth Kirk

Elizabeth Kirk

"I was 9 years old when the war started. At the beginning of the war, I went away for a short time to Hove as I lived in London. I went back to London after a few weeks so I was in London during the blitz and the doodle bugs. I never missed a day at school, although lessons were interrupted during air raids."

David Rowland

David Rowland

David is a local historian and has written about life in Brighton during the Second World War. David brought in books and pictures about the war and evacuation to show to the children at Whitehawk.

 

 

 

 

Joan Foord

Joan Foord (nee Mounsey)

Joan spent her childhood in the North of England where there were fewer bombing raids but the same war-time restrictions and rationing. Joan was interviewed by the children at Whitehawk along with her husband Norman Foord.

 

James George

James George

"I left Whitehawk Senior Boys School at the end of 1939." One of his first jobs after school was as a Cyclist Messenger. He remembers "sometimes you would be in the shelter for four hours. You would have sirens going all over Brighton."

Margaret Pearce

Margaret Pearce (nee Redman)

"I was 11 years old when the war started. I lived in Carlton Hill in Brighton. In 1940 there was an air raid and bombs dropped all around us. We were bombed out and were re-housed in Whitehawk where I started school. I went to Junior and Senior school. During the war we spent a lot of time in the shelter. I left school at 14 years old in 1946 and went to work in an office in Rottingdean."

 

Ken Powell

Ken Powell

"I lived in Whitehawk Crescent during the War and my dad was in the army. My sister and I both went to Whitehawk Infants, Junior and Senior Schools. I was not evacuated as some of my friends were. I played for the school football teams. I remember the air raid sirens, doodle bugs and bombs near the school."