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" We were chasing pirates all over ... we had absolutely no chance of catching them ... they always had the edge on us."
A summary of Bob's story and a brief description of the historical period can be found in the Bob Magnus lesson.Robert (Bob) Stanley Magnus RIP 15/10/1925 - 11/6/2011

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Click here to listen to Bob's oral history about his life in the English Navy during World War Two and the work he did at sea when the war finished in a popup player.


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Press the play button to listen to Bob's oral history of his service in the British Local Defence Volunteers when he was 15 years old.







TITLE: Bob Magnus
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Bob Magnus / trainer
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEWS: 8/6/2008, Bowral NSW, 17/4/2010, Bowral NSW
LENGTH OF RECORDINGS: World War Two, 51 minutes, Local Defence Volunteers, 12 minutes and 36 seconds
LANGUAGE: English
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Nil
ORIGINAL RECORDINGS HELD AT: Interviewer’s home
RECORDING FORMAT: Digital mp3
KEY THEMES: World War 2, British Local Defence Volunteers - later developed into the Home Guard
Joining up / forging documents to enlist underage / England’s Royal Navy
Life at sea / recreation leave / playing cricket with Australian sailors
HMS Wager
Declaration of peace / end of WWII / Japan / Hong Kong / chasing pirates in the South China Sea
Local Defence Volunteers / LDV in Sussex / fear of invasion after Fall of France / issued Canadian Ross Rifles / minimal training / standard uniform / on duty after work during day as first year apprentice / guard and sentry duties - "Who goes there" / a few days on and a few days off / no food, just a cup of tea / Very scary - air raids, bombs. Battle of Britain / no women in LDV / just like Dad's Army television show / an enormous serious game
SUMMARY: Yes - in Bob Magnus lesson on this wiki for WW2
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: Yes – in Bob Magnus lesson on this wiki for WW2