Sunday, 19 September 2021

Memoirs of Normandy veteran and ex-villager

A FORMER Goring Heath man’s childhood and wartime service as a young man are chronicled in

A FORMER Goring Heath man’s childhood and wartime service as a young man are chronicled in a new book.

Many A Shadow tells the story of William Turner, who was born in 1919 and grew up in the village.

Following an apprenticeship as a carpenter in Gallowstree Common, he was conscripted into the army soon after the Second World War broke out.

He married his wife Ivy at Henley register office in early 1940 and was called up less than three months later.

He took part in the Normandy landings in 1944 and the subsequent campaign through France, which ran until the fighting in Europe ended the following year.



The book follows his upbringing and paints a picture of everyday life in Goring Heath in the Twenties and Thirties. It explains how the war affected Mr Turner’s outlook on life and how he struggled to sleep after witnessing the violence.

He and Ivy moved to Oxford when he returned from the war and had three children.

His sister Dorothy, 85, still lives at the Goring Heath almshouses.

Mr Turner’s story was written by his son-in-law David Barter, a journalist who interviewed him extensively before his death in 2009.

He said: “His story is enthralling and his relatives were completely spellbound when he would tell it. The book was written so they could continue to share his stories.”

Many A Shadow is published by Troubador and costs £8.99.



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