The Stories

From January 2017, our volunteers will travel all over Britain to interview war widows and their relatives about their lives. We will announce the publication of new interviews via our social media channels, and you can subscribe to receive email notifications about new posts by clicking on the “Follow” button at the bottom right of your screen. You can find us on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Meanwhile, what we have collated here are three existing interviews with war widows from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Please note that you won’t be able to play these files if you are using Safari. The IWM holds more original recordings of war widows in its archives, but not all its holdings have been digitised.

You can also learn about the history of war widowhood in Britain by visiting our History pages. You can also explore our Library section, where you will find art, literature, TV broadcasts, popular songs, and other material from the past two centuries that features war widows.

If you’d like to get in touch us about the project, please use the Talk to Us page to do so.

Marjorie Jean Hamilton

This is an oral history interview produced by the Imperial War Museum. Conrad Wood interviewed Mrs Marjorie Jean Hamilton on 20 January 2000. Mrs Hamilton speaks about her life as the wife of a RAF officer, whom she first met in 1929, and whom she accompanied to Palestine, Egypt, and France. Her husband died in […]

Elizabeth Montgomery

This is an oral history interview produced by the Imperial War Museum. Mrs Elizabeth Montgomery was interviewed by Stephen Sutton on 26 March 1996. Mrs Montgomery is a civilian widow. Her husband, Frank Montgomery, was a former patrol leader for the Home Guard Auxiliary Unit in Wickhambreux, Kent, between […]

Marjorie Swales

This is an oral history interview produced by the Imperial War Museum. Mrs Marjorie Swales recalls her memories of growing up and marrying during the First World War and the interwar period. Her husband became a RAF volunteer when the Second World War broke out in 1939, and Mrs Swales was a munitions worker with […]

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