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Barry Island air raid siren

The Barry at War Group have obtained permission from Vale to test a WW2 era air raid siren on Barry Island on Monday May 1st.

All being well we would like to use the siren to announce the imminent arrival of the Arrows on August 6th...



Visiting Wales-

Glenn Booker was tidying up and found this interesting memory-

William Saxelby was with the 3121st Signal Port Service Company U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Read his story-

Welcome Back to GI William Saxelby


If you can help in his search, please contact Glenn at Barry Station War Museum

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September

 BARRY WARTIME WEEKEND at Barry Island Station 

There were Re-enactors and original jeeps,



There were contemporary films and presentations throughout both days in the "Ops Room", given by experts on topics about

Gallipoli sea and land battles 1915;

The Filter Room Girls of WW2;

The Battle of Britain;

Pilots of the Battle of Britain;

Nursing services of WW1 and Women War Artists (from Napoleonic Wars to the Falklands Conflict).

We invited WW2 Veterans to join us during the weekend and they wore their medals and were able to talk to visitors about their wartime experiences.

Cadets of all three services were on parade, plus Re-enactors, original jeeps, motorcycle parade, model aircraft display, individual stalls and much more including the Tourist Trains.

Please contact Glenn

Contact details can be found on contact page, if you would like to assist at the museum at any time.



VISIT TO DEVON D DAY 2016

Glenn with the pilot of one of the planes
Over the weekend of Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June, Glenn Booker visited Devon D Day 2016 along with his colleague, John Powell, from Swansea. 

The event marked the anniversary of D-Day and took place on Saunton Beach, North Devon -
with educational displays, wartime vehicles and living history groups, pyrotechnic re-enactments and The Devon Historic Flight provided a static display of six planes, More . . . 

ASSAULT TRAINING CENTER
Between September 1943 and March 1944, over ten thousand American soldiers learned and practiced the deadly arts and tactics of amphibious assault in a three week training course.  More . . .

Welcome 

to this website, where you can discover interesting insights into the experiences of American Servicemen in south Wales from 1942 to 1945, who were far from home and preparing to go to war on the continent. 


The occasional GI can be seen slouching at the Museum . . . or reading Yank magazine.


Compiled by Glenn Booker More info: 


barryatwarmuseum@gmail.com




   OVER HERE IN SOUTH WALES  
          But why remember the Americans 
          who were "Over Here" in WW2?

and:

 Does it matter?
YES! 
Why?
Because they made quite an impact upon the people of South Wales!
and...
Because they were here to do a very important job... 
together with their Allies they changed the course of World History...

  

Here are some other works that might be of interest:

 

THE LAST VOYAGES OF THE LIBERTY SHIP
SS ARTEMAS WARD 

 

Compiled by Glenn Booker

 

"...May 15th, 1944, Monday: 

 

Had liberty today. Last liberty until further notice.


Went to Barry Hotel Bar with Katie. This was our last liberty as we are sailing on Tuesday. It was suppose to be a parting party with friends I met in Barry. Some of the fellows from the ship stopped by for a drink. Katie was sitting at the bar crying and I asked her what was wrong and she wanted to leave. 

 

 

Leaving the Hotel Bar we met a fellow from the ship, who I pulled liberty with once in awhile, and he was with a friend of Katie. The four of us went down to the dock and aboard a small boat, which was either a mail boat or pilot boat. We had a few shots of rum and Katie told me why she was crying. She told me today she heard that my crew would all he dead in a month’s time. We knew we were going on a tough mission, but we didn't think it would be that bad.

 

 

Tonight, later as a boy of 19 years, I sat on the ship's rail and I wondered why I had to die in a foreign land, and then I realized that all the children in our country and throughout the world would live in freedom and not under a mad man as Hitler was..."

 

and...

THREE AMERICAN SHIPS AND BARRY DOCKS: 

THE LAST VOYAGES OF THE LIBERTY SHIP “SS ARTEMAS WARD” (as above) 

 

 

LST 133: 

FROM OMAHA BEACH TO BARRY DOCKS

 

MR GORDON LEASE AND LST 381

 

Compiled by Glenn Booker 

 

Also

 

THE 115th FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

 

AT BRYNHILL GOLF COURSE 

 

1943 – 1944 

 

Yes, the men of the United States Army 115th Field Artillery Battalion had come to town and they were having a big impact upon the locals, in more ways than one. At least four soldiers married British girls, one from London and three from Barry...

 




A story from Barry at War
 OLE SLEEPY HEAD  
 GETS CAUGHT OUT IN THE COLD  


“At G-40 the company was usually whistled up at an early hour. We slept in a long barracks with the non-commissioned officers at the far end. 

    Private Louis ______ slept in the first bunk at the font of the barracks. As I recall we had three minutes to make formation out in front of our area. 

Portnoy was always last to make formation just before his name was called.

It was realised that Louis was not getting dressed. He slept in the buff and waited to the last second to slip on his overcoat and shoes, step out the door and report for roll call. 

When word reached the first sergeant he said he would take care of the situation. He did! 

    

The following morning the company was not dismissed after roll call. The company was ordered and marched over to the drill field. 

There we were ordered to take off our overcoats and given fifteen minutes of callisthenics. 

        It was hilarious sight to see Private Louis, in the buff on a cold morning, doing these exercises. I had a difficult time seeing the show, as my eyes were filled with tears from laughing at the 

sight. 

         I don’t think I have to tell you, this ended Louis’ quick dress scheme...”


Compiled by Glenn Booker


 

A HISTORY OF THE 863rd ORDNANCE HEAVY AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE COMPANY

 

"A few years ago I found a history of the 863rd Ordnance Heavy Automotive Company on the Web

(see www.trowbridgemountain.info/863.html).

This matter-of-fact account, (here slightly adapted) gives interesting insights into the work of a Company of some 200 US servicemen maintaining, repairing and preparing their mechanised vehicles at the US Army General Supply Depot G-40, Barry, Wales. They were part of Operation Bolero, the build of Allied forces in the United Kingdom in preparation for Operation Overlord, the invasion of the continent and the liberation of Western Europe." 

  

 Compiled by Glenn Booker



BARRY HERALD      Friday March 31st, 1944 

 

BRIDEGROOM WAS "ARRESTED" – 
PRACTICAL JOKE ON U.S. CORPORAL 

 

When a Corporal in the U.S. Army and his bride left All Saints Church, Barry, after their wedding on Saturday, onlookers were surprised to see two U.S. Army Service Police go up to the Bridegroom, take him by the arm, march him off to a waiting jeep, and drive away. It was not long, however, before the jeep returned with the smiling Bridegroom, who had been the victim of a practical joke by his friends. They explained to the Bride that it was "an old Tennessee custom".