Thornham and the War 1939-45
To mark the 80 years since 1939, an exhibition on the 16th & 17 February will aim to tell people about World War 2, both nationally and, particularly, in and around Thornham. We will combine general aspects such as wartime food, the Land Army, rationing and security with details of local military and Home Guard activities and first-hand accounts of the village during the war.
Looking at the war on the front line, younger visitors will be able to handle contemporary firearms and appreciate just how heavy it was to use a rifle and bayonet. Describing the impact of the evacuation and what what was really involved, as even young children were sent from the cities to country locations.
Highlighting local people who served during the conflict – these include a recipient of the Victoria Cross (the top British award for gallantry), someone who ran his own resistance group in occupied France and ended the war in a series of notorious concentration camps and those who ‘simply’ served on the front line and, sometimes, found themselves in prisoner of war camps.
Finally, after looking at VE Day and VJ Day, wartime austerity refreshments will be served!