This is a reminder that on Wednesday 23 November we welcome Katie Oakley to GHS to share with us her book, ‘Yours, La’ – Wartime letters from a mother to her only son written between 1943 and 1945’.
As Katie says in her introduction:“Imagine saying goodbye to your 21-year-old son as he goes away to war. Little do you know that he’ll be fighting on the frontline for years. Meanwhile you are left behind, queuing for rations, becoming homeless, after a flying bomb attack and doing your utmost to keep everyone’s spirits up.
This selection of letters, written by La and sent from the family home in Beaconsfield Road, Blackheath, to her son John, vividly describes living through World War Two in London from 1943 to 1945, her reactions to events and her views on the war. John carefully kept all the letters, despite living in extreme conditions while fighting in the North African, Italian, and Greek campaigns.Many letters from soldiers to their families back home have survived, but few the other way round.”
Venue: James Wolfe Primary School, Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8RZ.
Time: Doors are open at 7.00pm, the meeting will begin at 7.30pm