Reliving wartime memories

Three pansioners bieng shown around the Aviation museum by Ivor Ramsden  John 'Jack' Connor, who is a veteran of the Manx Regiment, pointing out where he sat on a similar Bofors Gun during the war

Three pansioners bieng shown around the Aviation museum by Ivor Ramsden John 'Jack' Connor, who is a veteran of the Manx Regiment, pointing out where he sat on a similar Bofors Gun during the war

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Three of the residents from the Marathon Court old people’s home on Victoria Road relived memories when they paid a visit to the island’s aviation museum at Ronaldsway recently.

The three went on the trip accompanied by staff from the home and were shown around the museum by curator and head of the Manx Aviation Museum and Preservation Society, Ivor Ramsden.

Among them was John Connor, known as Jack, who is a veteran of the Manx regiment.

During his trip Mr Connor was particularly fascinated by a Bofors gun similar to one he used during the Second World War.

Canadian-born Mr Connor, who is 95, returned to the Isle of Man while still a baby with his parents and was a pupil at Murray’s Road School before working as a telegram boy at Regent Street post office. During the war he saw service with the British expeditionary force in Norway, He also served in India, Egypt and the Sudan. He also remembers the invasion of Italy.

Mr Connor wrote a book, which was never published, about his experiences in the Second World War. In it he recalls crossing the North Sea by boat through fierce gales on a five-day journey during which many suffered severe sea sickness. Also on the trip was Iris Butler, whose husband served in the RAF, and Len Templeton, formerly of the RAF who trained in Jurby. He met his wife, to whom he is still married, in the Isle of Man.

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