Newport Pagnell at War

A new book about Newport Pagnell during the Second World War has just been published.

The book includes stories of daily life in Newport Pagnell during 1939-1945 when the town was full of land army girls, prisoners of war and evacuees.

Author Julie Wilson said: “There has been a great deal written nationally and internationally about the Second World War, but I was interested in finding out what it was like to live through this traumatic period for local people. I spoke to 25 senior residents of the town to discover their experiences and heard tales of great courage, resourcefulness and sadness.”

The book includes an interview with 94-year-old Amos Umney who narrowly escaped death when serving as a Desert Rat in Egypt. It also tells the story of 95-year-old Rose Martin who came to the town as a land army girl, fell in love and has remained ever since.

Other topics include the bomb that fell on St Luke’s Church in Wolverton Road, rationing, defending the town and the work of the Royal Observer Corps in Bury Field.


Newport Pagnell at War is priced at £7.50 and is available in Newport Pagnell at the Post Office and Cambourne Travel in the High Street and Maggie & Josie’s Bookshop in Union Street.  It can also be ordered online at

Newport Pagnell at War front cover