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Sound recording of John Day speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 18/02/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Day speaks about his families decision to leave the island following the occupation after which he lived in southampton. He recounts memories of the war including D Day, bombings, gas masks being issued, rationing along with his fathers job of building spitfires. He also describes his feelings on V E day along with hearing about Jerseys liberation and his families return to the islands following this. This involves recounting his emotions upon his return and how the island had changed in his absence. Mr Day's memories post war include fuel rationing along with his fathers employment and his education which included travelling back and forth between Southampton and Jersey, which was his first experince of flying. He describes his manufacturing of cans with his father who specialised in metalwork, following school which was used for the Dairy Indutsry. He describes the industry in deatil as it was in Jersey and how it has changed and describes the various dairies which existed in the island at that time. Similarly, he recounts how his buisness was impacted following the introduction of bottles and how he and his father had to adapt to this which involved working in hardware repair, coach building along with maintenance and repair of cars and motorcycles. His memories post war include his marriage, property and his memories of what St Helier was like at the time. Morover, Mr Day describes the International Road Race, the first of which took place in 1947 along with the Bouley Bay hill climb and the making of his own cars used for racing. He concludes with his memories of the coronation of Queen Elzabeth II.

Reference: C/D/P/P1/21

Date: 18 February 2004

Sound recording of Basil de Carteret speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 08/11/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr De Carteret speaks about his arival in Jersey following his evacuation from France. He then goes on to desrcibe the occupation of Jersey which involved any service personal having to register their names at the town hall. This resulted in his deportation from the island to a prisoner of war camp in Cherbourg, France for 6 months before being transported to Germany. He then recounts his memories of being liberated by the United States returning to England, V E day and discovering the liberation of Jersey upon his release which he then returned to after which he was responsible for supervising German Prisoners and the removal of various weapons such as mines which had been installed during the occupation. Mr Carteret describes the mood of the Jersey people after the liberation along with describing the continuation of rationing, his marriage and subsequent employment. Moreover, he describes travelling to Switzerland by car and eventually purchasing a property in Green Street in Jersey using a States Loan which had been newly introduced at the time. He continues by recounting the Battle of flowers returning in 1951 for the first time after the and being based at the avenue for the first time along with the International Road Race. He also describes what he did for entertainment post war which include The Forum Cinema, West Park Pavillion and the various holiday parks and cabaret acts.

Reference: C/D/P/P1/22

Date: 8 November 2004