Memories of wartime past

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Matlock’s wartime memories have been preserved in a new book.

Keith Taylor, of Oaker Road, Matlock, has compiled pictures and anecdotes of the town in ‘The Matlocks and District in the Second World War – A Diary of Events in Matlock, Matlock Bath and District 1935– 1955’.

The book is being published by Country Books in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council’s Cultural and Community Services and will be launched at Matlock Library on Saturday, November 3.

The author himself will be on hand between 10am and 2pm to sign copies of it.

The lives and deaths of those killed during the war are detailed, as well as the memories of those who survived battle, and the lives of those who stayed at in the UK, such as the Home Front.

In the above picture, which was taken from the book, women are shown cleaning a locomotive at Rowsley Station in 1944.

The ladies depicted in the photograph are Pat Esplin, Mrs Marshall, Daphne Evans, Mrs Evans, Mrs Hiden, Mrs Wager, Olive Fearn, Edna Barnes, Madge Powndall and Mrs Gold.