Bill: I was in a little town called Lockley, sorry Broadway in the middle of the Cotswolds. And I had with me a Canadian wireless operator who had been taken prisoner and just released, and a Rhodesian paratrooper who also had been taken prisoner, just released, and we were both staying with this delightful old fellow whose name was George Spencer Churchill, who was a cousin I think of Winston's. He had this nice little shack of about 86 rooms in the middle of the Cotswolds which I was – we became quite friendly. I used to go up there every time I had opportunity to spend a bit of time with him. So we are in this little town of Broadway drinking ourselves to death with the local cider. And I don’t remember doing it but I have at home a red ensign which they told me later was on the top of the church, and I saw the church later and how I got up there I do not know. So that was VE Day for me.
Ron: I was in a pub in Hull. Having a day off and it was announced in the pub that "the war's over". So there was lots of people clapping and cheering and "more beer and more beer". [I was] just glad that it was over. Glad to see the end of it.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Nation Peoples of Australia and acknowledges their continuing spiritual, cultural, social and economic connection to Australia's lands and waters.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images, names and voices of deceased persons.