Lowestoft WWII Letters Provide Account of Town at War

The letters of Alfred J. Turner to his son, John P. Turner, reveal what it was like to live in Lowestoft during World War II, as it came under attack from the Germans.


Discovered in 1995, they detail Alfred’s life living in war torn Lowestoft. Highlights include local beauty spot Sparrow’s Nest being raked by German machine gun fire and nearly three hundred mines being dropped into the sea around Lowestoft. Alfred’s son, John, was a school teacher in Berkshire, which was relatively less damaged by German bombing.

If you’d like to read the letters for yourself, they can be found online, here. For those wishing to learn more about Lowestoft’s rich and varied past, there are many museums located around the town that are dedicated to its history.

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