The Veterans Behind ‘Bomb Happy’

Meet the five veterans whose experiences lie at the heart of Bomb Happy

Private George Meredith, nickname MERRY, from Stratford East.
Volunteered at 16
Driver and  Army Dispatch Rider with 11th Armoured Division.

Private Ken Smith, nickname SMUDGER, from Armley, Leeds,
Conscripted at 18
  5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

Private, then Corporal, Albert Barritt- nickname BERT,  from Bermondsey, London.
Conscripted at 18.
2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, 3rd Yorkshire Division

Private Ken Cooke- nickname Cookey, from York.
Conscripted at 18
7th Battalion,  The Green Howards, then The Highland Light Infantry.

Guardsman Dennis Haydock- nickname HANK, from Sheffield
Conscripted at 18
Gunner in Sherman Tank, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

L to R: Smudger, Cookey, Hank, Bert and Merry.
Photo courtesy of Paul Reed