Dad mentions a certain pal, Jack Spooner from Sheffield, in his war diary:
' He once typed out the words to
Lily Marlene for me. He was a good sort, Jack, and we were good mates. ’
I recognize the young man in the war photos page - it's my cousin, John, who preferred to be called Jack. I don't know if he is still living because I lost contact with him after 1951 when I joined the army. If he is still alive he will be about 87.
He was a despatch rider in the Green Howards, there's the connection to the orderly room. When he was demobbed he came back to Sheffield, took a job as a book salesman (Traveller). He married and the last I heard of him he had two boys.
At about 1000 hrs my pal, Jack Spooner, from Sheffield, who was on the staff in the orderly room at Wrigglesworth, would call in for a chat and a cup of tea with me. He once typed out the words to Lily Marlene for me. He was a good sort, Jack, and we were good mates.
In an attempt to close Jack's story, I phoned all the Jack Spooners I could find in Sheffield and tracked down a Jack 'the lad' Spooner of Sheffield, who kindly updated Jack Spooner's story:
Bill Cheall's world war 2 story. This war diary and biography is published by Pen and Sword in hard back book format.