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Where I Grew Up: Dolly Pitcher, St. David’s, St. George’s Parish

The Second World War brought change to the whole of Bermuda but nowhere was this truer than in St. David’s. Destroying part of the coastline to create landfill and building the American base, complete with airport, not only irrevocably changed St. David’s landscape but also the lives of its people. Dolly Pitcher, born June 20, 1932, well knows this as she grew up with her family before the base was even thought of. Her grandmother, Irene Pitcher, lived in a…


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Bermuda During the Second World War

In September 1939, Dr. William (Bill) Cooke was just 11½ years old, living in a BELCO owned house on Cemetery Road. Years later he would write in his memoir that he saw “several policemen ride up to the BELCO Front…


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LISTEN: World War II Story: Under Cover in France, 1943 – 1944

(Editorial Note: When John Hartley Watlington came home in 1944, it seemed as if he had returned from the dead, for he had been completely lost to his family for just under a year. He was extremely reserved concerning his…


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LISTEN: Cassie White World War I Memoir

On July 14th the Chief Nurse of Base Hospital 31 notified me that I was to go on detailed service. I had a half hour to get ready for the Ambulance that was to take 8 of us nurses, including…


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Searching for Sir George Part 1

Sir George Somers has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years. We all know (or should, by now) the story of Bermuda’s founding and the role that he played in the “wreck and redemption” of the Sea Venture…

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LISTEN: A Boer on Burt’s Island and the Reflections of August Carl Schulenburg

Translated from Afrikaans by Dr. C.A.R. Schulenburg and edited by C.H. Benbow On the 8th of May 1901, thirty-two of us in Area 2 were surrounded by the British and taken prisoner. I had little with me, except my rifle…