Graham, a veteran participating in IWM's We Were There programme
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9 Questions...

  • Where do you call home?

    Harrow is my present home, but I still recognise Cardiff – my place of birth.

  • What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?

    Second World War.

  • How were you involved in that conflict?

    I was a schoolboy during the Second World War, and I helped in small ways to win the war. For example, I put on a puppet show with a school friend in our homes for relatives and friends to raise money. I "Dug for Victory" growing vegetables in the back garden. I also "Lent a Hand on the Land" and worked on a farm every summer – and I was very particular about NEVER wasting anything.

  • How long have you been volunteering for WWT?

    About 12 years.

  • What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?

    Meeting people from around the world. I have met people from 121 countries so far. I also enjoy receiving the occasional compliments and working with such lovely people.

  • Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?

    I do not have one favourite, but I always enjoy meeting people who are from overseas and visiting IWM London for the first time.

  • What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?

    The Morrison Shelter (not currently on display) because I spent many hours sheltering in one – and as an only child I also used it to practice my table-tennis.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

    As well as volunteering at IWM, I attend current affairs classes at City Lit and read fact and fiction based books on the Second World War.

  • What is your favourite biscuit?

    Club chocolate biscuits.

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