Dartmouth, Second World War
Photographs from George White's collection.
At least one of the Waterville to Le Havre cables was diverted into Dartmouth in the war and I have been told was not re-connected (to Le Havre) afterwards. George White spent some of the war years in Dartmouth for this reason. The images of a cable repair in Le Havre immediately after the war, however, suggest one cable was restored / reconnected.
His daughter writes:
"I have come across a reference to the enterprise that my father and other commercial cable company employees were involved in from around 1942 to 1945 in Dartmouth Devon. Two letters one from my father to my mother dated Nov. 17th 1942 and another from FHH [F H Hogbin?] to my mother in late 1942 early 1943. The contact address in both letters is: Post Office Engineering Department, Warfleet, Dartmouth.
Other letters suggest that this enterprise was disbanded in 1945 after the war and many of the employees like my father and his friend Jerry Lambert returned to Waterville. Perhaps they had been loaned to a government department during the war. "