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Keep Smiling Through: My Wartime Story Hardcover – 16 Nov 2017
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About the Author
Dame Vera Lynn was born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917 and adopted the stage name of Vera Lynn at the age of eleven. She was already an established singer by the time the war broke out in 1939, but during the Second World War had enormous success with songs like 'We'll Meet Again', 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square'. She continued to have a successful career after the war, hosted her own variety TV series on BBC1 in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was a guest on a number of other shows including the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show in 1972. She also became involved in many different charities. She became a Dame in 1975 and was awarded the Burma Star in 1985. In 2009 she published an autobiography, Some Sunny Day, which became a number-one bestseller in hardback. In 2016 she was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to entertainment and charity.
Virginia Lewis-Jones is Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter. She was born in 1946 and for a time accompanied her mother on tour as her dresser. She has had many careers including working in a fashion house, working for Warner Bros Records in California and as a researcher at the BBC. She was at the BBC for many years and worked on various shows including Parkinson, Crackerjack and the royal concerts. She later trained as a complementary therapist in reflexology and holistic massage with aromatherapy, and has her own complementary therapy business alongside running her mother’s music company. She is also the vice-president of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. She lives in Ditchling, East Sussex with her husband Tom, who is a retired RAF pilot, and her mother.
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Travelled all the way out to Burma to sing to the troops
Vera was very brave and must also have had a strong constitution. With the heat and flies and not getting any
Bad tummy bugs. She gave the men a marveles time
Out there they really enjoyed her being there. To sing to
Them and entertain so many of them fighting to save
The country. She was marvellous and how she went to
The field Hospitals to see them. They will always remember
There time there when she went to see them.
I wasn't born then . I read this book now about her and
Although I was Born in 1951 my dad was in the R.A.F.
Stationed all over Britain he was never stationed abroad
But he remembered her visiting some camps during the
War years . And loved her singing on the Radio. Both my Parents
Said how wonderful she was. Then and to go out and do
What she did in Burma for them was wonderful. She certainly
Made there time there memorable. And never forgotten.
It was a truly brave thing she did .going out to sing
My parents aren't here now .I remember her in my life of
The fifties on the radio and love her songs . Yes Vera Lynn
You were such a inspiration to those men fighting out there
In Burma and such a lovely Brave lady to go out there .To sing.
To all those men. They worshiped you still do. You are truly
A wonderful lady to do your country an honour of going out
To Entertain all those soldiers who were doing there duty
To serving there country of fighting you certainly brightened
Up there lives going out to them. And giving them something
To live for and never forget. For some who now won't be here.
But you will always be remembered .by us all for your
Wonderful singing voice that will go on and on. Well Done
Vera Lynn And Thank you.
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