VE Day thoughts

We are grateful to Chris Bailward for allowing us to publish this Facebook post about his late mother, Diana.

My father was a Japanese POW in Singapore so knew nothing about VE day and had not yet met my then 20 year old mother who, in many ways mercifully for her, died last January before Covid 19 really hit us. She was working near Bicester as a clerk for SOE and wrote in her diary “I simply can’t believe the European war is over, it’s been such a long time. I wish I could have gone to church today, I can’t think why there wasn’t a morning service anywhere. This is a day I shall never forget. At 1 minute past midnight all firing ceases. I’m relieved the war is over but, somehow, don’t want to go mad and rejoice, after all people are still fighting and being killed in the Far East. It’s been a long time. I can hardly remember what it was like before the War. I can’t visualise what it is going to be like now. I really feel I want to cry more than anything else. Oh God, thank heaven it is over but I do hope everyone will do their best to make this a better world now it is over.”


The late Diana Bailward, in her FANY uniform

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