2014 saw the 75th Anniversary since the start of World War Two
V E Day 75th Anniversary
When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.
Friday 8th May 2020, has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday, with licensing hours extended to enable as many towns, parishes, district, community and other councils, along with individuals, voluntary organisations, the holiday and hospitality industry including pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels etc, to join in the VE Day 75 celebrations. (The early May Bank Holiday has been moved from 4th to 8th May)
Harry Wint joined the Northamptonshire Regiment and went to Italy and Africa. He was away for 5 years. They lived rough and slept in horse stables or wherever they could llay their heads. He was in combat and during one particular incident all his comrades died. Harry was the only survivor although he was injured by shrapnel in his shoulder and was flown back to the UK.
He spent a year in Harlow Wood recuperating. On his return home he carried on doing everything he needed to despite the injury. He worked at Mapperley Pit and moved to Denby Pit after Mapperley closed. He retired from Rolls Royce at Hucknall.
Harry passed away in June 1966.
World War II (WW2) The start of the war is generally held to be 1 September 1939, beginning with the German invasion of Poland; Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.