Tag Archives: Wartime

Captain Arthur Kilby VC, MC

  For a comparatively small town, Leamington Spa can lay claim to five recipients of the Victoria Cross, the world’s most coveted medal for gallantry.  The town war memorial on The Parade bears the name of one of these brave men, Arthur Kilby VC, the only one of the local recipients to lose his life […]

Sir Terry Frost

Leamington has nurtured a number of artists who have gone on to enhance their reputations and enjoy popular acclaim.Thomas Baker, Fred Whitehead and Charlie Johnson-Payne all had considerable reputations. Terry Frost was one of the most significant British abstract painters of the twentieth century and always maintained close links with Leamington through his long career. […]

Sir Frank Whittle

Frank Whittle (Left, in his study)holds the distinction of having invented a piece of equipment that would have a world-wide application and which would fundamentally change the world in which we live. He was the inventor of the jet engine. Young Frank came to live in Leamington in 1916 when his father Moses bought a […]

The Free Czechoslovak Army

During the Second World War, the Free Czechoslovak Army (FCA) was based in Leamington Spa and a memorial fountain in the shape of a parachute in the town’s Jephson Gardens records their stay. It also commemorates one of the most daring undercover missions of the war which was carried out by Czechoslovak  paratroop agents. The […]

Eva Sabin’s Wartime Memories

A few memories of a child in wartime by Eva Sabin, nee Kilby. I grew up in Kilby’s shop in High Street. We lived above the shop with my grandparents who owned it. My first recollection of the Second World War is a Sunday morning in the shop with my mother listening to the speech declaring […]

Charles Sabin

Charles recounts memories of a boyhood in wartime – the Coventry Blitz, the street parties at the end of the War and for the Coronation, life at Sabin’s Bakery, and Saturday cinema in the 1950s. 50 mins. 53MB mp3 file. This recording was made as part of the “History @ Bath Place” project, 2007-9. charles-sabin