World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

Albert M Youd 

Memories after Dunkirk as a six year old

By actiondesksheffield

People in story: Joseph Youd, Albert M Youd
Location of story: Crookham, Aldershot
Background to story: Civilian


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Norman Wigley of the BBC Radio Sheffield Action Desk on behalf of Mr Albert M Youd.

I was six in 1939 and we lived at Crookham near Aldershot; my father was a sergeant at Queen Alexandra’s Barracks.

In 1941 I remember going with him to Aldershot Station and watched what I thought looked like a train of cattle trucks roll into the station full of troops returning from Dunkirk. I remember that most of them had hardly any clothing left, some didn’t even have any trousers. They were dejected. Later that day I was given a job to collect books and magazines for them to read while they were billeted at the barracks.

I can also remember the Battle of Britain and remember seeing the aeroplanes diving, and we thought they were firing at us because the spent shell cases were dropping on house rooves nearby.

My father was Joseph Youd who served with RAMC and finished his service as RSM in 1947. he landed with the BEF in 1940 and was evacuated back to the UK.