Photos of Wigan
Photos of Wigan

Wigan Album



Royal Navy May 1945
Photo: Keith Beckett
Views: 542
Item #: 32173
One of a series of photos released today. It's dated 5th of May 1945 showing the sailors early celebration of victory in Europe.
Bottom left in the picture is Lieutenant E. Hewitt DSC from Wigan.
The Distinguished Service Cross was awarded for meritorious or distinguished service before the enemy at sea.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 8th May 2020 at 15:44

V.E. Day. An extremely wonderful day that the whole nation enjoyed, and celebrated with GUSTO. I was eleven years of age at that time, and I still remember it quite vividly. So many extremely atrocious events had occurred in the previous six years. One such event, out of so many. YouTube. ‘ The great escape. The reckoning’.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th May 2020 at 17:44

I love hearing the stories recently on the telly about VE Day. I recall my dad telling me there were bonfires around Scholes, and dancing in the streets and a lot of drinking. What a relief for folk after the stress of six years..

Comment by: Carolaen on 9th May 2020 at 09:20

Seeing the sailors reminded me that I hope people did not forget yesterday that the war was far from over for some people that day. My father (who lied about his age and joined the Royal Navy on 4 September 1939) spent nearly all the war in the Indian and Pacific Ocean where the war with Japan went on until 15 August. He didn't actually get back to the UK until early 1946. Good luck everyone and stay safe.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 9th May 2020 at 12:00

I found the V.J. Day more muted. May be it was because so many of the civilian population in Hiroshima, and Nagasaki perished, with the dropping of the atomic bomb, but there is no doubt, that that did save a countless amount of allied military lives.

Leave a comment?

* Enter the 5 digit code to the right of the input box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you will get another chance. Your comments won't be lost.