Mervyn Reece - End of the war

Running time
46 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


On the train, the Flying Scotsman, on the way to, we were going to go up to Edinburgh on leave and when we got round about Nottingham, the conductor came through the carriages saying 'The war's finished.' So we got off the train at Nottingham and spent a few days there.

Everyone was so happy, overjoyed, especially in England after the hiding they took. You didn't know whether you were overjoyed or just overwhelmed, really, with the excitement that was around you, you know, the people who had suffered so much.

They took a lot and they never complained and the way they fought back you had to be proud that you were of that English stock.

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