Bill's WW2 Itinerary - Second World War
The map above illustrates the regions Bill Cheall visited across the world during his World War 1939-45 story. He started WW2 in the Territorial Army, with horrific action at Dunkirk. Then he had a Queen Mary voyage to Egypt, sailing right around Africa to get there. There followed the bloody battle of Wadi Akarit (Operation Scipio in Tunisia, North Africa), then the Sicilian campaign (Operation Husky). Then in Normandy, France, he was wounded in action and later witnessed the post-war devastation in Germany. Bill was a Green Howard with the 50th division (50 Div) amongst others.
Link to Google map with interactive step by step narration from the book
Crediton, Devon - on holiday - 3 September 1939.
Middlesbrough, Lytton Street. Regimental Barracks for the Green Howards
Marton, near Morecambe - First Territorial Camp held here before war started.
Canal Du Nord
River Scarpe at Roueux
Fairwater, Cardiff - Bill arrived here shortly after Dunkirk.
Studland Bay, Swanage
Richmond, Yorkshire, 1941
Gosforth racecourse, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Fenham Barracks near Gosforth
Mareham-le-Fen, Lincolnshire - Dad was stationed here for some time in 1942
Lincoln - Passing through
Harrogate - Passing through
Newcastle - Passing through
Edinburgh - Passing through
Cape of Good Hope
Madagascar (Coast line only)
Horn of Africa
Port Tewfik, Suez Canal
Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, the location of a bloody battle
Passing south of Tobruk
Sidi Bishr camp
Avola - Landed here in the invasion of Sicily
Bay of Biscay - passing through
Southwold, Suffolk, 1944 - Billeted not far from Southwold pier
Inverary on Loch Fyne, Scotland
Sterling railway station
Boscombe, Hampshire, England,
Southampton - 22nd Canadian Hospital, Southampton - Bill was operated upon here to remove the shrapnel when he was wounded after D-Day.
Dundee Royal Infirmary, Scotland - Bill was taken here to recover from his wounds. Met Mary Wiseman.
Killin, Perthshire (Auchmore House) - Convalescent home.
The River Dochart in Spate, Killin, Scotland
Edinburgh 1944 - Princess Street - Dad's first Hogmanay started here!
Duisburg 1946 - Wolfsburg House, Duisberg
Catterick Camp, Yorkshire
Middlesbrough (Twinned with Oberhausen)