Memories of a Merchant Seaman

We’re sharing the story of Merchant Navy Veteran Derrick Corfield who we had the pleasure of meeting a couple of months ago. The vital significance of the Merchant Navy in the war effort cannot be understated, but is often unfairly overlooked in comparison to the other Armed Services.  A lifelong resident of Salford in Greater […]

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After spending extensive time researching donated archive material we have managed to build up a wonderful collection of stories and oral histories of the people who served during the Battle of the Atlantic, as well as personnel who worked at Western Approaches during this period.

We want to share the stories of these remarkable men and women through this blog which will be frequently updated – giving a voice to those who are no longer with us.  It will pay credit to their achievements and truly appreciate their commitment and sacrifice during the Second World War.

These stories have been collected from the people themselves, and from their family or friends, visitors to Western Approaches and various organisations. Our blog posts will feature audio clips and relevant photographs in order to identify the people involved.

Updates on future
blog posts will be shared on our social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WestApproaches

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernapproachesHQ/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westernapproacheshq/

The Plot Thickens…..

Western Approaches has recently agreed the receipt of two very exciting donations with a direct link to the history of the bunker. More donations which have been kindly made by visitors to the museum will be shared in the coming weeks. The first donation consists of a set of original plotting pins, kindly donated by […]

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Western Approaches Blog

Western Approaches HQ team members will all be taking a turn in providing content for our blog over the coming weeks and months. This post introduces Olivia, giving some background to her interest in researching the personnel who worked here and why she loves her role within the team…. “I’ve been a part of the […]

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Western Approaches Blog

After spending extensive time researching donated archive material we have managed to build up a wonderful collection of stories and oral histories of the people who served during the Battle of the Atlantic, as well as personnel who worked at Western Approaches during this period.

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Item donation request

We had a lovely meeting from an ex-plotter who worked in Western Approaches during the war.We really enjoy meeting people who have had a connection with the HQ and we are keeping and cataloguing all their stories and any items they give us in our archives. The plotter’s name was Marjorie Jackson and she also […]

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Amazing Air Raid Warden Archive

Western Approaches have been kindly donated two huge volumes of articles regarding the Civil Defence Service during the blitz of May 1941.

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