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A Voice from the Past

Linda Gillingham, nee McBride, listens to her husbands voice for the first time since he was killed in 1945.

Glen McBride’s aircraft was shot down over Japan on 10th August 1945, only five days before the Japanese surrender.

They were married in April 1945 and spent just five weeks together before Glen returned to his role as a spotter in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal New Zealand Navy. He sent voice recordings  home to his family during his overseas training and these old records have just been digitised by the Navy Museum.

We took them to Mrs Gillingham  and our Photographic Archivist Paul Restall  filmed her while she listened to them for the first time.

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