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My mother was in the Timber Corps, and I think she must have been in and around the pine forests near Wareham, Dorset, because on VE day she was in the Bear Hotel, Wareham, with other girls of the WLA, but my mother was not in the mood to celebrate, because my father was still in the far east, and his war was continuing.

My mother was born 26 September 1921 in Cologne, Germany, where her father was a Battery Sgt. Major in the Royal Horse Artillery, and stayed in Germany after the Great War, to serve in the British Army of Occupation on the Rhine.  The family returned to Britain. But when they returned to Britain, my grandfather and his family were garrisoned at Dorchester Barracks, and when my grandfather eventually left the Army, the family bought a house in Dorchester, and that is where I was born.   I do remember my mother telling me stories of her time there (Dorchester Barracks) and being woken in the mornings by the sound of the horses, limbers, and 25 pounder guns. I am assuming the photo of the school room is in Dorchester, somewhere.  Most likely in Coberg Road, Victoria Park, Dorchester, Dorset.

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 1 On back of photo 'Always your loving Joan xxxx'

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 1
On back of photo ‘Always your loving Joan xxxx’

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 2

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 2

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Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 3

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Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 6

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 6 Dated 1942 on back of photo

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 6
Dated 1942 on back of photo

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 8 Text on back of photo 'Theo, her Pap, Cousin Jane and myself. Taken while spending a lovely time at Keynsham. March '44'

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 8
Text on back of photo ‘Theo, her Pap, Cousin Jane and myself. Taken while spending a lovely time at Keynsham. March ’44’

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 9

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 9

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Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 10

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Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 11

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Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 13
Joan Shutte

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Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 18

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 19

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 19

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 20. Wedding photo taken in 1942.

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 20.
Wedding photo taken in 1942.

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 21 Photo sent to my (Geoff's) father when he served with the 14th Army in India and Burma, so, between 1942, and 1944.

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 21
Geoff: ‘Photo sent to my father when he served with the 14th Army in India and Burma, so, between 1942, and 1944.’

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 22 Photo sent to my (Geoff's) father when he served with the 14th Army in India and Burma, so, between 1942, and 1944.

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 22
Geoff: ‘Photo sent to my father when he served with the 14th Army in India and Burma, so, between 1942, and 1944.’

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 23 Geoff: 'School room picture about 1933, or 1934. My mother is the 3rd from the left, standing behind the flower display. I am assuming the school room is in Dorchester, somewhere.  Most likely in Coberg Road, Victoria Park, Dorchester, Dorset.'

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Geoff: ‘School room picture about 1933, or 1934. My mother is the 3rd from the left, standing behind the flower display. I am assuming the school room is in Dorchester, somewhere. Most likely in Coberg Road, Victoria Park, Dorchester, Dorset.’

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 24 Geoff: 'Mum with her family and dog'

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 24
Geoff: ‘Mum with her family and dog’

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 25 Geoff: 'Mum with her elder, and younger brothers'

Joan and Geoff Shutte Archive Photo 25
Geoff: ‘Mum with her elder, and younger brothers’