Postscript – After May Hill – Died 18th November 1944
# RECALLING MAY’S LAST SIGHT OF RON
# RON’S DEMOB AND RETURN HOME IN 1945
# VILLAGE WAR MEMORIAL – FOUR HILL FAMILY LOSSES
# MAY’S FAMILY – CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
# DIARY AND POETRY PUBLICATIONS

War Memorial - WWII Inscription

WWII Inscription

As for May and Will’s immediate family, life began to move on. The first grandchild, Rene’s son, was born barely a year after May’s death. Jean lived with Rene and Tom for a few more years until they re-settled in Louth. Jean then moved to live in Skegness, where she continued in local government employment and met her future husband, Alan. Ron and Emmie made their home in Yeadon, near Leeds, where Ron pursued his career as a carpenter/joiner. Each couple had two children who have great pride in the Poetry and Diaries. Although they never met her, May Hill’s grandchildren will never forget the grandmother whom, through the wonderful legacy of her writing, they have come to know so well.

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This Postscript is adapted from that in the book “The Casualties Were Small” (available on Amazon) which contains May Hill’s poems, selected diary extracts and many nostalgic photographs, including those above.

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The contents of May Hill’s Diaries, and her Poems, with illustrations, as published in this Blog ‘Seventy Years on’, are available as annual Kindle e-reader volumes. These have the main title ‘An RAF Mother’s WWII Diary Blog’ and subtitles as follows (the links are for the UK Amazon Kindle Store – Search using ‘RAF Mother WWII’ in Kindle Store in other countries):

Volume One, November 1940 to December 1941, ‘Anticipation and Alarms’

Published as Kindle Edition in April 2012

Volume Two, January 1942 to December 1942, ‘Weddings and Farewells’

Published as Kindle Edition in April 2013

Volume Three, January 1943 to December 1943, ‘Losses and Gains’

Published as Kindle Edition in December 2013

Volume Four, January 1944 to December 1944, ‘Sorrows and Salvation’

Published as Kindle Edition in November 2014

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Valerie Long:

    Thank you to the family for sharing the diaries in this way. May’s writings bring back so many memories of those years – it is so accurate in describing the hardships in England during that time. I will look for a Kindle USA version in December because so far I have had no luck in purchasing The Casualties Were Small.

  2. TomA:

    Thank you for following the Diaries and for your kind comment. The final Kindle volume of ‘An RAF Mother’s WWII Diary Blog’ has just been published so that the full set of Diaries and Poetry is now available. The printed book ‘The Casualties Were Small’, containing all Poetry and selelected Diary entries can be purchased via Amazon.co.uk which accepts international orders.

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