- 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
Sadly, May’s war ended without the longed-for reunion with Ron, but not in the way she had feared most when she wrote, on 25th October 1943: ‘It is over a year since we saw Ron. I can still see the train pulling out with Ron waving from a carriage window...
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Welcome to MAY HILL’S AMAZING WWII DIARIES AND POETRY – LOST, FORGOTTEN AND FOUND…
A personal story of lives and losses of loved ones of serving men and women…
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May Hill’s previously quiet English seaside village became an unwitting target for enemy aircraft, her only son a young volunteer in the RAF, her husband a Coastguard, and close family members early casualties. In rare moments of peace from ‘her own old enemy’ she became devoted to writing.
Decades later, a fading old school exercise book, found hidden away in a forgotten drawer, began a family project of search and research. When, after several more years, the final cache of ‘missing’ diaries unexpectedly came to light, so did a wonderful surprise collection of May’s original poetry.
The publication in 2009 of ‘The Casualties Were Small’, a compilation of May’s poetry with a related selection of diary extracts, attracted many enthusiastic responses from a wide readership, from junior school students to ninety-plus retired seniors, in Britain and worldwide … ‘Truly a living history, life of the times as it unfolded … a very emotional journey for me personally … a remarkable woman, very brave and sensitive … May’s poems are touching, nostalgic, angry at times … her deep faith shines through in all her writing … completely engrossing and I have to admit to shedding a tear when I came to the end’.
Now, we, the children and grandchildren of May Hill, are delighted to present online the whole sequence of May’s wartime diaries ‘seventy years on’ commencing with the first preserved entry on 27th November 1940. We are sure this will fascinate you. Your comments will be most welcome. Please read an introduction to May Hill & family before you begin – and then the first blog posting.
Launched on 27th NOVEMBER 2010 (for 1940)!