On Wednesday 10th April 2013 I was fortunate to join 53 other people at the Titchmarsh Clubrooms to hear a remarkable series of accounts of Titchmarsh at war. We were privileged to hear an intimate account of wartime life in the village and learnt about the rationing, blackouts and air raids of the 1940s. These amazing stories were made poignant by the presentations relating to the lives and deaths of individuals within the village, told by their descendants and others who brought the stories to life by making them deeply personal.
We saw old documents and photographs, and along with the information gathered from discussions with villagers, a vivid picture of life during the two world wars was painted. We were told the life stories behind some of the names on the war memorial, and how experiences in the Second World War changed the village forever. It was especially moving to hear from villagers who remember those times. We left the Clubrooms knowing more about the history of the village, but more important we also learnt from the legacy of those who were there then and who are here now, and who generously shared their recollections with us.