National Service project appeal.
I AM writing in the hope that an oral history project seeking to recruit interviewees in your region might be of interest to your readers.
The National Service Life Stories oral history project is looking to interview men from Tyneside who did National Service between 1949 and 1962.
Across the country, 2.3 million young men were called up for National Service. They had very varied experiences. Most went into the Army, but some joined the RAF or the Navy.
Some saw active service, more served abroad, but many spent two years in Britain. We know little, though, about how these experiences shaped the later lives of National Servicemen.
This is the question Professor Peter Gurney, Dr Matthew Grant and Dr Joel Morley, historians from the University of Essex, supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, seek to answer by gathering the testimonies of National Servicemen from different regions in the British Isles.
Dr JOEL MORLEY, senior research officer, National Service Life Stories, Department of History, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ