Sister Sunshine, a Wartime Romance
A true story about my mum, Joy Barber. She was a Queen Alexandra (QA) nurse during WW2.
Tony Case was a soldier in the Sherwood Foresters and together they served in North Africa and Italy.
The story unfolds through Joy's diary and Tony's letters and the book gives us a unique insight into what life was like for two ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances.
Available on Amazon and in the book shop at the Radstock Museum.
I can't say it's particularly good. You look positively startled and I've got the most absurdly fatuous grin all over my pan, and together we look rather like an advertisement for a new brand of toothpaste. But the fact remains that it is a photograph of us together, and that fact alone makes it my treasured possession.
Tony's letter 11th December 1943 , Algiers
7am sailing into the breathtaking beauty of the Bay of Naples, calm sea now and the sun shining brightly but then as we get closer, we notice that the harbour is littered with damaged ships, the buildings behind in ruins. Impossible for ship to dock properly, gets as close as possible. Ropes are fixed across and we had to clamber over upturned ships' bottoms clinging to the ropes - very slippery, very scary! Helped up onto the dockside. However, we got there and found several ambulances waiting to transport us further.
Drove away through crowds of people shouting and throwing flowers at us. What a welcome!
Joy's diary 16th December 1943