World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                       John Leslie Pettit 

Living as a child at Headley Hall Farm

By Actiondesk Sheffield

People in story: JOHN LESLIE PETTIT
Location of story: TADCASTER


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Doreen Partridge of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Mrs Pettit.

John lived at Headley Hall Farm as a child

John recalls memories of his father George, who worked on the farm being told to keep the airfield grass short as it was used in the First World War, in case RAF Church Fenton, nearby got bombed, they could use it for emergency landings during World War 2. John’s father was in the Home Guard based at Braham Village. They patrolled the area twice a week and they had searchlights based near Headley Hall. John used to view enemy planes flying over their cottage at night. It was like daylight when the searchlights were switched on. A next door neighbour once a month used to take John to the village shop one mile away, to buy his sweet ration. When it was harvest time on the farm, towards the end of WW2 German Prisoners of war used to help to get the harvest in. They gave him badges off their uniforms.