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From the Valleys to Verulamium: Memoirs of a Soldier's Life
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From the Valleys to Verulamium: Memoirs of a Soldier's Life (Paperback)

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In 1933, at the age of 15, George Dunn left the small Welsh mining village of Blaina for St Albans in Hertfordshire as part of the government's Labour Exchange Scheme. After marrying a local girl, he was conscripted into the Royal Engineers during the Second World War, and was part of the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940. Now aged 92, he has seen three generations of his family grow up in Hertfordshire.

This is the story of his life - from Wales to St Albans to active service and home again to Hertfordshire - with reflections on how life in the twentieth- and twenty-first century has changed.

In this poignant book, the author shares vivid memories of his life in Hertfordshire and his wartime experiences. From touching recollections of enjoyable days spent with loved ones to the dark moments of falling bombs, this is an honest account of one man's life. Together with rare images, this book is a personal and moving story.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue war & combat storiesHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryEnglish Civil WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: The History Press Ltd Publication Date: 22/11/2011 ISBN-13: 9780752465081  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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George Dunn has lived in St. Albans for almost 80 years, having moved from Wales on the Labour Exchange Scheme. He served in the Royal Engineers during the Second World War, and was part of the Dunkirk Evacuation. Carrie Dunn is a journalist based in north-west London. She has written for the Guardian, The Times, the Independent, and the Daily Express, and lectures in journalism and media practice at various universities.

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