Hello, I'm new to the site.

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by Helen Hill, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. Helen Hill

    Helen Hill New Member

    I'm Helen and I'm new to the site. I am currently researching and writing about World War 2 in my home town of St Helens in the North West of England. My idea is to compile all of my findings into a blog so that the town's war time history is all in one place and easy to access for anyone interested now and future generations. I have a love of history and a real curiosity about the second world war, there is just something about that time that resonates with me in some way I can't describe.
    St Helens is in Merseyside (originally Lancashire) and about 10 miles from Liverpool. It boarders Warrington and has boundaries with Burtonwood, where the biggest air base in Europe was situated, our town was also the location of the Vulcan works where tanks were manufactured and also Sutton Oak, the notorious poison gas factory.
    I hope to discover everything I can about the area during the war, so if anyone has anything they can share with me I would be very grateful.
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  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum Helen, good luck with your quest
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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Welcome :)
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  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum, Helen.
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  5. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Hello and welcome. What have you done so far and is there a St Helens History Group that might be able to help you?
    Are you wanting to focus on what happened in St Helens in WW2 or for the men and women who served?
    There are more than 530 casualties from St Helens in WW2, that's a lot of work!
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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  7. Helen Hill

    Helen Hill New Member

    I want to write about it from a home front point of view, how it affected the town and what roles the town played, what it was like to be here during that time, places of interest in terms of sites that got hit, local military sites and such. I have uncovered a lot already but there will be so much more! Bert Trautmann (the footballer) was a german prisoner of war here and after the war played for St Helens town before signing for Manchester City! He's famous for breaking his neck and carrying on playing, I had no idea he had started his British footballing career here. That's the type of thing I love to find.
  8. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

  9. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Hello and welcome to the forum Helen.

  10. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Hello and welcome to the forum.
    I'm originally from Preston and an aunt was born in St Helens.
    Good luck with your research.
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    The Cooler King Elite Member

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