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Pat Strickson Shares WWII Bomb Disposal Officer Story With Bexhill College

09 November

Pat Strickson Shares WWII Bomb Disposal Officer Story With Bexhill College

On Friday 9th November, Bexhill College welcomed newly published author, Pat Strickson, to promote her debut book "Time Stood Still in a Muddy Hole” to the College which tells the story of the courageous war time work of Captain John Hannaford, one of the last WWII bomb disposal officers. Pat spent the morning speaking passionately to students and staff about the Captain's story, which she discovered whilst admiring a painting of the De La Warr Pavilion.

Pat travelled all over the UK and the world to get material for the book. Now that her book is written, her quest is to try to get recognition for the bomb disposal officers and men and their bravery as they did not receive medals for their role in keeping civilians safe in the UK; these men were believed lucky if they lived past two weeks after signing up! Pat has created a petition for them to be recognised and is working closely with the Flex Fund charity; for every book she sells, 10% of will be donated, along with any proceeds from her knitted poppies.

Pat kindly donated a copy of her book to Bexhill College's Learning Resources Centre (LRC). LRC Manger, Andrew Warne said

"The library team would like to thank Pat Strickson for her kind donation of her book ‘Time Stood Still In A Muddy Hole' to the College. It is always fascinating to find out the hidden history of ‘ordinary' people. I'm sure that the students at the College will be interested in the story of Captain John Hannaford and the dangerous work of bomb disposal during WWII.

It is important to remember these local people's extraordinary stories of as they pass out of living memory. Winston Churchill once said ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it'. I hope that the bomb disposal officers do get the recognition they deserve for their courage and selfless actions.”

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