World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

Eileen Daisy Walmsley 

My father’s Army Service September 2, 1939 to October 9, 1939

By actiondesksheffield

People in story: Albert Harper
Location of story: Sheffield, Yorkshire
Unit name: Royal Artillery
Background to story: Army

                                                              Discharge Papers

 

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Roger Marsh of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Eileen Daisy Walmsley.
My father’s Army Service September 2, 1939 to October 9, 1939 -
By
Eileen Daisy Walmsley

My dad was only in the army for a few weeks as shown in his discharge papers.
Hardy Pick the company for whom he had worked, before he enlisted in the army, wanted him back for the essential war work that he did for them.

I was only seven at the time that he had enlisted, and I can remember plainly standing at the end of the passage, as he was going down the road, crying my eyes out. I didn’t want him to go.

He was sent to Bridlington and mum took us there to see him, hence the photograph with buckets and spades.

I wrote the note to him while he was away, my eldest sister was Beryl, and my youngest sister was Marjorie, dad kept this note in his wallet all his life. It is a bit fragile now.

 

Discharge Papers 2

 My mother Marjorie Harper with her three daughters from left to right my youngest sister Marjorie, me Eileen Daisy in the middle, and my eldest sister Beryl in Bridlington 1939


 My note to my father whilst he was in the army.

 My father Albert Harper with his three daughters from left to right my youngest sister Marjorie, me Eileen Daisy in the middle, and my eldest sister Beryl in 1939