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 Glamorgan’s Greatest Generation

Glamorgan’s Greatest Generation

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‘It’s now seventy years since the end of the Second World War, and those who lived through those momentous years are getting fewer in number each year,’ says Porthcawl author Malcolm Cowper, ‘so I decided to try to capture their memories before it was too late.’

He interviewed some forty people in the former Glamorgan county, and talked to men who served in the front line, women who laboured in the factories producing vital weapons of war, and children with memories of evacuation, gas masks, and nights spent in air raid shelters.

The recollections of a man who survived the horrors of a Japanese prison camp, of women who did the dangerous work of manufacturing bombs at the Bridgend Arsenal, of a young boy in the Swansea blitz, wearing only his underpants and carrying his younger brother on his back, running for shelter as bombs rained down, and of a woman whose grandmother was buried under tons of rubble when the last V2 rocket of the war landed on her London apartment block: these are just some of the amazing stories in this collection.

‘Talking to the war veterans was fascinating,’ says Malcolm, ‘and I came to realise what an extraordinary generation they were, and how much we owe them for their fortitude and resilience in the face of one of the most barbaric and ruthless enemies this country has ever had to face. God knows how awful our lives would be today if we had lost that war.’ Glamorgan’s Greatest Generation is a collection of stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, capturing the comradeship, humour and sense of duty that carried them through fear, loss and sacrifice.

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About the Author

Malcolm Cowper was born in Bridgwater, Somerset in 1946, and the following year moved with his family to South Wales. Malcolm grew up in Southerndown, Bridgend and Porthcawl. He later travelled north to Sheffield to train as a teacher with the intention of returning to Wales afterwards, but job opportunities, marriage and two sons kept him up there for the next forty-five years! He taught English in Rotherham, Barnsley and Chesterfield before finally retiring as a Deputy Head in 1997. Always keenly interested in the Second World War, and conscious that the people who lived through those years were fast fading away, he published a collection of local people’s wartime memories titled Derbyshire’s Unsung Heroes in 2013. When he moved back to South Wales the following year he decided to repeat the exercise, and wrote Glamorgan’s Greatest Generation. Malcolm now lives in Porthcawl with his dog, Brock. He enjoys walking, writing, singing in a choir and trying to learn Welsh. He has had a lifelong love affair with old aeroplanes, and regularly attends air shows to see them flying. He is surrounded by a large extended family, whom he describes as ‘the best people in the world’.

Book Details

  • Author: ​Malcolm Cowper
  • 126 pages
  • Publication Date: 31/05/2016
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-910832-63-9
  • EPUB ISBN: 978-1-910832-63-9
  • MOBI ISBN: 978-1-910832-61-5
  • PDF ISBN: 978-1-910832-62-2