The Flower of Arnold

The Story of Arnold's Adopted Warship


In 1942, the government appealed to town councils in Great Britain to adopt a Warship. Many councils responded and many people took great interest in their adopted ship's involvement in the war against Germany. Arnold in Nottinghamshire adopted HMS Pennywort, a Flower Class corvette. The Flower of Arnold is a detailed account of one such story, written and compiled by John Ward, himself an ex Navy man. The book is obtainable from the author via email. john_ward12@sky.com

Beetroot for Breakfast!

During the war years (1939 - 1945), over 80,000 young women were recruited into the Women's Land Army and the Women's Timber Corps. Britain relied heavily on these girls to supply vital food supplies and timber essentials to support the war effort whilst the men were away serving in the Armed Services.
Witin the pages of 'Beetroot for Breakfast!' you will find first hand accounts from ex land girls who served in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire during those years of hardship and danger.
The book, published by John Ward, is obtainable directly from him. Email. john_ward12@aky.com

About John:

John was born in Lambeth London, in 1934. He came to Nottingham in 1940, to live in arnold with his mother; his father died in 1942. John was educated in the Henry Mellish Grammar School, and in 1952 he joined the Royal Navy. Following 12 years service, he joined the Nottingham City Police, leaving the service in 1987 following an accident on duty. He then became Crime Prevention Adviser, later leaving to join The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as Business Award's Officer for Nottinghamshire.
John is married with two children and four grandchildren. His hobbies include local history and postcard collecting.