This website – is in its


You will also find regular posts of various general interest in the section ‘Dorset Journal’

… such as WWII military vehicles that occasionally park up at Viewpoint on a Sunday – Viewpoint overlooks Poole Harbour (where a vast array of D-Day assault landing craft left from) – also old pictures of Dorset early 1940s – photos and videos taken in 2018 of The 29th Infantry Division re-enactment – such as Medical and Radio tents and so on… .

*Viewpoint – overlooking Poole Harbour – is where I often go on a Sunday around 2 PM.


There were of course absolutely vast preparations for D-Day in the UK as a whole. But this website’s focus is on D-Day in Dorset – with the date of D-Day being Tuesday, June 6, 1944.
This story will also be covering the whole period from September 3, 1939 to May 8, 1945 – which were the dates of the start and finish of World War II in Europe. There have been a vast number of stories, books, videos and films – of this period, of course.

I hope – in this presentation – to present some different angles – and information that has never been ‘out there’ before – information that was personal, or just not communicated for whatever reason. And there were very many reasons for this. All confidentially will be kept where it was required.

So for this story – some of this will be taken from my own perspectives in constructing a particular picture – drawn from what I have read and from the numerous personal stories I have been told. I have been privileged to hear stories and to view journals from that time – provided for me by a number of people – who were in some way or other directly involved, or their relatives were directly involved in the happenings of World War II Dorset. I have received and heard invaluable stories from relatives – whose families made major contributions in multiple ways – regarding the development of radar – and other communication systems – in World War II Dorset, including the preparations for D-Day and the landings at Gold, Sword , Juno, Utah & Omaha Beach. Stories have come from people who lived directly around Poole Harbour – the scene of much activity. Stories have also come from outside of the UK and of course from Dorset e.g. the ports, towns and areas of Bournemouth, Poole, Canford Heath, Wareham, Weymouth, Portland, Lyme Regis and many other places.

I’m asking for people urgently


this is whether you are from Dorset or elsewhere in the UK – or people from abroad such as the USA and Canada, etc. – whose relatives partook in this epic struggle.

Please see the CONTACT section

No piece of information is too small – even just a comment about a ration book – it all contributes to the picture – and we need this information before it is lost forever.

I am not publishing the names of the the various people in any of the stories or the names of those that have supplied me with information on true stories – and where names might be given for the purpose of the story – they will be pseudonyms. In some cases – I have been told stories by the children of those whose stories have already been published – and published such as in book form – but their children having added to them in the communications with myself. Some of the stories – because they are already well-known people – information has been added since – will with permission have their names listed.

Those that want me to – I can put them in a reference list – which will not be on the website, and will not be available to visitors to the site.
Those that don’t want to be on a reference list – will not be listed.

Those that give me information – will be asked if they want to be contacted via myself in regards to any matter of the story – if they do – I can forward on communications to them.

As I think many people will realise who have been looking into this period – there is an absolutely vast amount of information to be read and seen – about what really happened. What I gather from looking into this – is that the details are almost endless – *yet still so many stories are not known – have never been heard before – this is also something I have found out.

This is partly because of the extreme level of secrecy that was operating during that time. A level of secrecy – that will take one by surprise when one looks into it. So secret – that some things have only recently been found out – that were in fact major factors of the war.

And also partly – that people’s personal experiences – were just as it says – they were personal – and only they knew about them – or the relatives that they told – or where it was noted in journals that a few made.

Many thanks – John Jolliffe – MA, MBC-PG Dip.

previously registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy – * now retired from all clinical work & consultancy work

(In the latter half of my life – my personal background was in working full-time as a registered therapist for 25 years – this included working with people who had suffered from serious traumas of various sorts. Thus I have had a particular interest in following the personal struggles of individuals and families – from an existential, phenomenological, and yet also spiritual perspective – with a focus on the significant and underlying issues regarding attachment, in regard to their relationship with their various situations, and with the others around them – and just in their daily lives generally).

I have an account with ‘The Forces War Records’.

To see the website from which this is being transferred – which is also still under construction – see the following: