Windsor: WW2 Memories

Historians Dr Brigitte Mitchell and Mr Derek Hunt are looking for Windsorians willing to share their Second World War experiences, be they civilian or military.

Windsor World War 2
Mothers and Babies evacuated to Windsor. Prams were donated for their use.


After their highly successful publication of Windsor in the Great War,  and to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of war, the two historians are researching Windsor’s experience of World War 2.

Anyone willing to meet and share their experiences, photos, letters, and so forth, are asked to email WLHG via our Contact page.


Open Day

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Windsorians were given a glimpse into the town’s past when members of Windsor Local History Group invited locals to attend an open day held in Windsor Baptist Church on Victoria Street.



For members of the group one of the highlights of the day was listening to people shareOpen 03 their memories of growing up and living in Windsor.


Displays included hundreds of photographs covering shops, streets, and pubs, Windsor in both world wars, and maps showing the changes to the town over several centuries, as well as images of Old Windsor. Files of newspaper clippings, letters,  and other ephemera were freely available for those interested to look through and read, and members of the group were on-hand to talk to people and answer questions.

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The group also showed a film made by them some years ago, which gives a brief history of Windsor as well as showing ‘then and now’ images of the town. Coupled with a slide show of vintage and historic images, these proved to be a popular highlight. The church opened its café so visitors were able to get a drink, then relax and watch in comfort.

The event was so popular that WLHG have decided to hold another open day next year.


WLHG Open Day

Members of WLHG at the Open Day

(L to R seated) Sue Mercer, Elias Kupfermann, Beryl Hedges

(L to R standing) Anne Taylor, Margeret Lenton, Susy Shearer, Vaughan Sutton, Brigitte Mitchell, Catherine Sutton, Jacqui  Cawthorne, Tony Heaton, Sue Ashley, Leslie Grout

(Behind the camera) Photograph and Image Copyright: Carol Dixon-Smith


Windlesora No. 34

Contents Win4 Cover

  1. The Totem Pole
  2. Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji
  3. Princess Christian Nursing Home
  4. Centenary of the End of WW1
    1. Horse Chestnuts and the War Effort
    2. Windsor and the End of the Great War
  5. Ghosts of Businesses Past
  6. Award for WLHG Chairperson
  7. Windsor: Contagious Diseases Act
  8. Frederic Rainer
  9. Princess Charlotte
  10. Vera Lynn in Windsor
  11. Thomas HArdy
  12. Lord Roberts and the Veterans series
    1. Private John Statham
  13. Centenary of the RAF
    1. Aircraft Crash in Eton, Feb 1918
    2. Reginald A R Try RFC
  14. Edward James Try
  15. White Hart Hotel
  16. Centenary: Daniel’s Windsor Store
  17. The Whistling Court Case
  18. WIndsor Cemetary series
    1. Cololnel Muter
  19. Book Review: St Edward’ Churchs
  20. Obituary: Norman Oxley


The Journey Begins

An ancient Chinese saying tells us that

a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. 

Windsor Local History Group took that first step in 1976 when a number of WEA students and tutors formed the Windsor Local History Publications Group whose stated aim was to foster research in the field of local history (specifically the town and people of Windsor) and to publish the results.

The word ‘publications’ was dropped from the name in 2004, and it became known as the Windsor Local History Group. Members have individual topics and specialisms but share their knowledge and research in a variety of ways; books, articles or talks. They contribute to the WLHG’s annual journal, Windlesora, and  group publications such as Windsor 1000 Years.

Although this is not a society but a limted membership group, WLHG are always keen to share their knowledge and to meet and discuss topics with Windsorians of all ages.

So. Thank you for joining us. Don’t be shy about contacting us, and remember:

Good company on a journey makes the way seem shorter (Isaak Walton)

Long Walk