The human legacy of American troops in Leicester in World War Two

Posted by ap507 at Dec 02, 2015 11:35 AM |
Student appeals for local memories of Americans in Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 December 2015 

  • Can you recall romances with the GIs?
  • Are you the offspring of an American father
  • Search for photos from the 40s

The story of American soldiers in Leicester during World War Two is well known, as are the many wartime romances and the story of GI brides who married Americans and left the city at the end of the war.

However new research by University of Leicester Master’s student Liam McCarthy, of the School of History,  is looking to build a picture of the human legacy of the Americans in Leicester – the babies left behind in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by American fathers. 

Liam is keen to track down and interview both the children with American fathers who will now be just into their seventies, and local people who can recall romances with both the black and white GIs in Leicester. 

One key element in the research is to pull together photographs from local primary schools of first year infant classes from 1949 and 1950 and photographs of local day nurseries from 1943 – 1948 that may exist in private collections. 

Liam said: “This work is important because it covers a forgotten side of the story of wartime Leicester  - a human story that needs telling."

Liam’s supervisor Dr George Lewis added: “This study is part of Liam’s MA in the School of History and will shed new light on the impact of the Americans in Leicester in World War Two."

Liam can be contacted at the University of Leicester by email lmm40@le.ac.uk or by telephone on 07549 866104.

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