In the 1970s I recorded an oral history interview with Sam Battersby, the WW2 newspaper censor. An easy-going likable man who put his country 1st. Some years later following his death a large collection of photographs were bequeathed to me and were added to Collections of the North West Sound Archive. Most of the photos were 'red-inked'. That is parts of the photos were marked showing what had to be deleted before publication. Sam Battersby's boss was Admiral Thomson, aide-de-camp to Winston Churchill. The collection includes events, weather censoring, the Manchester Blitz, air-crashes, and a secret visit of General de Gaulle to Britain via Carlisle.
For a full list of images contact the North West Sound Archive on 01200 427897 or via their website www.nwsoundarchive.co.uk
Ken Howarth 2012 NB KH The North West Sound Archive officially closed at the beginning of 2015 because of funding cuts. The Collections are held by various Archive Record Offices at Preston, Manchester and Liverpool.