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Normandy 2017 Day 2 – National Archives, Brewpubs and history

Day 2 – Wednesday 31st May At the National Archives An early start saw us arriving at the National Archives in time to get new Readers Cards and spend the day researching the war diaries of the Battalions of some of the Men as well as doing some additional research for others Expensive beer In […]

Normandy 2017 Day 1- Using the Good Beer Guide to the full

Day 1 – Tuesday 30th May Using the Good Beer Guide in non traditional ways We started by heading towards Aylesbury where we used the CamRA Good Beer Guide to find a pub that was not in the guide! It was called The Plough. Unfortunately, the beer that we wanted (one brewed locally) was not […]

Normandy 2016 Day 14 – SatNavs and dirt tracks

Day 14 – Wednesday 9th June Up early in order to get back to the Chunnel. As we’d never been to the village of Esquelbecq, before, it was on with the SatNav to find the way back… most of the journey seemed to be relatively straightforward (if twisting) apart from the shortcut that we were […]

Normandy 2016 Day 13 – A final French brewery

Day 13 – Wednesday 8th June A new brewery for our final day Following breakfast on our last full day in France, we headed off into a somewhat cloudy & misty morning for our drive up to our final brewery in France on this trip – the Brasserie Thiriez. This is a small craft brewery […]

Normandy 2016 Day 12 – Following 50th TT Division

Day 12 – Tuesday 7th June The benefits of local B&Bs Breakfast was awesome! In 2014 we couldn’t find many hotels in Normandy that weren’t already full (or charging the earth) as it was the 70th Anniversary of D Day & so we were forced to use B&B’s, Farmhouses (on a couple of occasions, Chateaux) […]

Normandy 2016 Day 3 – The calm before the storm!

Sunday 29th May was a tough day… longing out at Glyn’s & getting ready for our trip out to Normandy by

Normandy 2016 Day 2 – Black Country brewery tour

Day 02– Saturday 28th May Final checks at the garage An early start saw me at Ashley’s garage & 10 minutes later with a little half-horseshoe clip back in place & the engine washed off of surplus diesel, I was back on the road south to Glyn’s. Black Country Brewery tour On arrival, though slightly […]

Flt Lt Tony Cooper L d’H

Sadly, just a few days short of what would have been his 101st birthday, ex Flt Lt Tony Cooper has passed away. Tony was a wonderful gentleman, always giving of his time & willing to share anecdotes of his time with 64 Squadron RAF & especially of his friendship with Flt Lt John Harder. Tony […]

Men in the Shed on Facebook

Having thought about this for a while, we’ve decided to take the project to Facebook. This doesn’t mean that this website will be discontinued; far from it, there’s still plenty to add. However, with more & more people searching Facebook for friends & relatives, it just seemed to be the logical next step. We’ve set […]

Make a Donation

Following a recent email discussion with some of the family members of the guys that I’m researching, I’ve decided to set up the ability for people to make  a donation towards the cost of the ongoing research via a PayPal account. Any funds received will help pay towards the hosting of this site & research […]