A new book tracing the history of life during World War Two in the parishes of Bisley and Chalford has helped raise funds for the 2022 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Researched and written over a three-year period by a collective of four local authors and historians, Camilla Boon, Roger Carnt, Heather Collins and Peter Drover, the 420-page book profiles those who lost their lives during WW2. Titled Return to War, Bisley and Chalford Parishes 1939-1945 it is a companion volume to their 2016 publication A Parish at War 1914-1919.
Alongside detailed biographies of the 35 servicemen remembered locally, chapters also cover defending the Home Front, local children & evacuees experiences, women in uniform, the Land Army, POW’s, rationing and food production, everyday home life and stories of some of those who served and returned home.
A cheque to the value of £1,350, raised through sales of the book, has been presented to the Bisley & District 2022 Poppy Appeal Collection.
Copies of the book are still available from the Chalford Parish Office in Geralds Way, Chalford and R&R Books in Nelson Street, Stroud.