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souvenir tin of Gunner J.K.Vick

Date made: mid 20th century

Maker: unknown

Description: Battered chocolate tin containing war souvenirs brought home by Gunner Joseph Kenneth Vick, Royal Artillery.

Vick was from Kirk Michael and volunteered for the army early in the Second World War. His Royal Artillery Tracer Card (Ancestry) indicates that he enlisted 21 May 1941 and was posted to the 15th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment (Manx Regiment) in 1942. An Isle of Man Examiner report of 24 September 1943 records that many of the Kirk Michael men on active servive in North Africa were keeping in contact with each other, including Vick and Hector Duff.

He later landed in Normandy with the Manx Regiment, and in October 1945 was posted to 147 (Essex Yeomanry) Field Regiment Royal Artillery.

Family anecdotes would indicate that Vick returned home with some degree of PTSD and took some years to settle back into civilian life. Vick died in 2008 aged 86. see SA 2009-0011 for further details.

Materials: unknown

Object name: tin

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2008-0229


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