Reading Chronicle photo 1942 Due to the Allied advance in North Africa, a group of Reading men who had been Prisoners of War in Algeria returned home in November 1942. Some had been captured when HMS Manchester was lost in the Mediterranean in August during Operation Pedestal, a massive convoy to provide supplies to Malta. Interviews with returning prisoners describe the bad conditions in the camp at Laghouat, the lack of food and the relief of receiving Red Cross Parcels.

Reading Chronicle photo 1942 Due to the Allied advance in North Africa, a group of Reading men who had been Prisoners of War in Algeria returned home in November 1942. Some had been captured when HMS Manchester was lost in the Mediterranean in August during Operation Pedestal, a massive convoy to provide supplies to Malta. Interviews with returning prisoners describe the bad conditions in the camp at Laghouat, the lack of food and the relief of receiving Red Cross Parcels.

WVS Mobile Canteen, Reading. Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection. - February 1941. A mobile canteen, donated by the American Red Cross in use in Reading in 1941. A Mobile Canteen for the Women's Voluntary Service, W.V.S., one of those given by the American Cross (painted on the side). Other organisations also presented mobile canteens such as the Company of Veteran Motorists who gave one which had cost £170 for use in blitzed areas of the Southern Region.

WVS Mobile Canteen, Reading. Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection. - February 1941. A mobile canteen, donated by the American Red Cross in use in Reading in 1941. A Mobile Canteen for the Women's Voluntary Service, W.V.S., one of those given by the American Cross (painted on the side). Other organisations also presented mobile canteens such as the Company of Veteran Motorists who gave one which had cost £170 for use in blitzed areas of the Southern Region.

The Wedding of Mrs J. Scholes and Lieutenant R. Wilson, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Butts, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - April 1946 Mrs Joan Scholes, whose family were from Middlesex, married Lieutenant Ronald Wilson U.S.A.A.F. from Kentucky at St Mary's Church, St Mary's Butts, Reading on 9 April 1946.  Noteworthy because like many women she was divorced or widowed after the war and was marrying an American.

The Wedding of Mrs J. Scholes and Lieutenant R. Wilson, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Butts, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - April 1946 Mrs Joan Scholes, whose family were from Middlesex, married Lieutenant Ronald Wilson U.S.A.A.F. from Kentucky at St Mary's Church, St Mary's Butts, Reading on 9 April 1946. Noteworthy because like many women she was divorced or widowed after the war and was marrying an American.

War Damage Headquarters, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection. - May 1941 The Southern Regional Offices of the War Damage Commission at Coley Park, Reading were officially opened on Monday 12 May 1941. The commission assessed claims for damage to land and buildings in the counties of Berks, Bucks, Oxon, Dorset, Hampshire and the IoW. Claims could be made on forms available from every Town Hall or offices of the District Valuer within 30 days of the date of damage.

War Damage Headquarters, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection. - May 1941 The Southern Regional Offices of the War Damage Commission at Coley Park, Reading were officially opened on Monday 12 May 1941. The commission assessed claims for damage to land and buildings in the counties of Berks, Bucks, Oxon, Dorset, Hampshire and the IoW. Claims could be made on forms available from every Town Hall or offices of the District Valuer within 30 days of the date of damage.

Reading General Election  Photo from Reading Chronicle Collection - July 1945 Three men ran for election including, Mr Ian Mikardo of the Labour Party, Councillor McIlroy of the National Party and Mr Trenchin-James of the Liberal Party. Mr Mikardo won with 30,405 votes, a Labour majority by 6,390. He celebrated his success at the Transport and General Workers Union on Minster Street in Reading, a site also used as Reading's Labour Hall.

Reading General Election Photo from Reading Chronicle Collection - July 1945 Three men ran for election including, Mr Ian Mikardo of the Labour Party, Councillor McIlroy of the National Party and Mr Trenchin-James of the Liberal Party. Mr Mikardo won with 30,405 votes, a Labour majority by 6,390. He celebrated his success at the Transport and General Workers Union on Minster Street in Reading, a site also used as Reading's Labour Hall.

Resettlement Advice Centre Opening, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - June 1945 A Resettlement Advice Centre was opened on Blagrave Street in Reading by Mayor Newham and other officials. The aim of the bureau was to offer advice to returning soldiers in terms of being rehoused or else civilians who were displaced through the impact of the Second World War.

Resettlement Advice Centre Opening, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - June 1945 A Resettlement Advice Centre was opened on Blagrave Street in Reading by Mayor Newham and other officials. The aim of the bureau was to offer advice to returning soldiers in terms of being rehoused or else civilians who were displaced through the impact of the Second World War.

VJ Party, Shinfield Road, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - August 1945 VJ Day, the 15 August 1945 marks the day Japan surrended to the Allies after almost six years of war.

VJ Party, Shinfield Road, Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - August 1945 VJ Day, the 15 August 1945 marks the day Japan surrended to the Allies after almost six years of war.

October 1938  A Women's Air Raid Precautions (ARP) meeting at the Town Hall. Left to Right: Mayor of Windsor (Mrs Carteret Carey), Lady Reading, Mayor and the Mayoress, Langston.  A Women's Air Raid Precautions (ARP) meeting was held at the Town Hall on Blagrave Street in Reading, in connection with the work of the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS). The Dowager Marchioness of Reading was one of the people who made speeches at the event.

October 1938 A Women's Air Raid Precautions (ARP) meeting at the Town Hall. Left to Right: Mayor of Windsor (Mrs Carteret Carey), Lady Reading, Mayor and the Mayoress, Langston. A Women's Air Raid Precautions (ARP) meeting was held at the Town Hall on Blagrave Street in Reading, in connection with the work of the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS). The Dowager Marchioness of Reading was one of the people who made speeches at the event.

As the Second World War drew to a close, evacuees prepared their journeys home. Mothers and Children were evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War as it was expected that air raids were more likely to occur over cities, areas of dense population and industry. Katesgrove School on Dorothy Street acted as an overnight rest centre amongst others for many evacuees returning home to London from Wales.  Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - December 1944

As the Second World War drew to a close, evacuees prepared their journeys home. Mothers and Children were evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War as it was expected that air raids were more likely to occur over cities, areas of dense population and industry. Katesgrove School on Dorothy Street acted as an overnight rest centre amongst others for many evacuees returning home to London from Wales. Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection - December 1944

Stretcher Drill, Women's M.T.C., Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection. - March 1941  The Mechanised Transport Corps performing stretcher drill in Reading.  Stretcher carrying drill demonstrated by the Mechanised Transport Corps (M.T.C.) at a March 1941 first-aid examination in Reading. The M.T.C. were women who were able to use their own cars or ride motorbikes in connection with a variety of volunteer war duties.

Stretcher Drill, Women's M.T.C., Reading Photograph from Reading Chronicle Collection. - March 1941 The Mechanised Transport Corps performing stretcher drill in Reading. Stretcher carrying drill demonstrated by the Mechanised Transport Corps (M.T.C.) at a March 1941 first-aid examination in Reading. The M.T.C. were women who were able to use their own cars or ride motorbikes in connection with a variety of volunteer war duties.

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