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  • In the September issue of Best of British
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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Each issue encourages you to:

  • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
  • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
  • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

Welcome Home
For those of us born into a generation with no experience of conscription, the idea of two years’ National Service may seem like a major imposition. However, for most of those young men trying to build their career during peacetime, I doubt that a spell in the 50s forces could have been as disruptive or indeed potentially frightening as it was in 1939 when wartime conscription meant all men between 18 and 41 were expected to register for service.

Take Corporal AR Norman of the King’s Own Royal Regiment, for instance. Our cover star was 32 years old when he was posted missing in May 1940, 10 years into his life as a husband, five as a father, not to mention his years as a breadwinner. It would be another three months before his family were to learn that he was trapped as a prisoner of war in Stalag IX-C, and a further five years before he returned home to the delightful scene shown on the front of this issue.

One can only imagine what went through the Normans’ minds during this time, and how the corporal adjusted to life as a free man again. It’s a story that echoed in homes across the country, including that of Kenneth Chilton’s, whose tale, as you will discover, is one of remarkable triumph over extreme adversity.

That’s something that could also be said of the life and career of Charlie Chaplin, who is celebrated in this issue. Elsewhere, we take a trip with Jet Morgan and co with a look at the popular radio series Journey Into Space, and switch over to ITV and its classic 9pm dramas and documentaries.

With the country starting to open up again, we welcome the return of our Out & About events section, get active thanks to walking football and pay a welcome visit to the pub for a pint with a difference. Now, that’s something worth raising a glass to. Cheers.