The Story of Group 11, Royal Observer Corps

I have recently acquired a book called  “The Story of No 11 Group” Royal Observer Corps. The book was edited by C.OBS. J. Newton Head Observer, Fox 2 Post. The book was completed in 1946.  The Observer Corp was formed in 1914 had had the role of...
Joan Woolard – Fleet Archive

Joan Woolard – Fleet Archive

Joan has lived in Fleet for a number of years and has contributed to the community including researching Fleet’s history. Wikipedia summaries it history as follows: In 1086, Fleet was listed as ‘Fleot (Old English: the stream, estuary or creek), in the wapentake...
South Hollanders on War Service

South Hollanders on War Service

This year will mark 75 years since the the European element of World War 2 came to an end, this article is from January 1945 and was a regular feature in the Spalding Guardian. What caught my eye was the situation in regards to the Hallam family which no doubt was...
Fought in North Africa and Italy

Fought in North Africa and Italy

Here’s another article from 1945 in relation to local service people on active service in World War 2, I personally knew Ray Barsley due to being a good friend of his son – does anyone know of the other people shown in the photo? (Credit Lincs Free...
Country Lad to Soldier

Country Lad to Soldier

The book tells the story of Eric Houldershaw who was born in Hundred Fen, Gosberton Clough, Spalding and spent 50 years in agriculture there. Moving into Spalding in retirement where he wrote down his memories of the 3 years of his life when he was in the Army during...
A Crowland Journey with the Slater family

A Crowland Journey with the Slater family

This book is based upon a unique collection of photographs assembled and preserved by John Slater of Crowland. To many the name will be familiar – Slater’s Lorries were a well-known sight in the area for many years and in the golden days of skating on the...