Life is nothing without books

A corner in the library, Canadian Soldiers College, Seaford, Sussex, England – NARA – American Library Association

As I continue to research life in Hastings during World War 2 I’m discovering such a fascinating mixture of happy and sad.

It was clear that the link between Canada and Great Britain was strong – Canada being the ‘oldest dominion in the British Empire’. Right from the beginning of the war Canada helped by sending supplies, weapons and food. Many pilots came over to Britain on their own initiative, providing critical support during the Battle of Britain.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian soldiers did their training in the army barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire and then went on to be an important part of the defence of southern England when the heavy German bombing started during 1940.

But the photo above shows just how vital the three Rs are, even in the midst of war – Rest, Relaxation and Reading!

Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. She has published six Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s and 1970s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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