Tony Simmonds

Memories of wartime Brighton from Tony Simmonds, who grew up in the town.

Page from Tony’s WW2 diary

Born in 1929, Tony was living in Winchester with his family at the beginning of the war before moving to the Kemp Town area of Brighton in 1942. He attended Xaverian College in Brighton until leaving in 1944 to become a clerk at Lloyds Bank for the remaining years of the war.

Winchester

Home Guard

Beach Defences

Air Raids at Home

Air Raids at School

Air Raids in Kemp Town

Invasion Precautions

Attitudes

War Bride

Rationing

D Day

VE Night

Last Months of the War

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