These "Treasures", we will do our best to take them to all our events, displays & talks.
THE DOLL STORY
On doing a World War 2 Display, at the end of 2008 an old lady came up to me and asked if i would like her doll for my Display.
I told her that i really had no where to put her on my display, she then asked me if we could go somewhere for a cup of tea, which we did and then she told me the story about her and the little doll.
She said when she came home from school and was getting ready for tea, her mum and dad heard the sirens going off and then the German planes came over.
As they lived in Manchester there were a lot of bombs going off.
She her Mum and her Dad went under the stairs when the bombs start to fall, one unfortunately had hit her house.
When the Civil Defence Rescue Squad (ARP) came to get them out of the house, they found that she was clutching the doll, but as she looked down at it she found that the dolls fingers and toes had gone as well as one of her legs.
She was also very dirty, (dust blown into the paste by the force of the bomb blast) on hearing this i decided to keep the little doll and put her on my Display.
I have tried to clean her up but i can't get the dirt off her at all.
In 2008 a house was being knocked down in the East End of London and whilst it was being cleared out by the demolition team a boy’s collection of shrapnel was found, having lain there for over 60 years.
UK Homefront acquired this item so that everyone could see a collection of WW2 shrapnel.
You read a lot of stories about boys collecting this material but rarely if ever did any survive.
We hope it brings to you the vision of children scampering through bombed out houses collecting shrapnel something that was frowned on by the authorities.
WW1 DEATH PENNY
The WWI Death Plaque (Dead Man's Penny) was issued to the next of kin of servicemen/women who had fallen in the Great War between 1914 and 1918.
Although this is a WW1 item it would have had a place of honour in households during WW2, remember there was only a short gap of 20 years between the wars and the horrors of the First World War were still alive in all.
This one was donated to UKHomefront whilst we were putting on a display at Lytham St Anne’s in 2011.