Second World War


After his mother’s death, Simon Worrall found a chocolate box full of letters in the attic telling the story of her love for Martin Preston. Nancy Whelan met Mr Preston when he was a student in Oxford in 1938 and the couple were in love and engaged to be married when the Second World War broke out. Mr Preston enlisted, travelling to Northern France in January 1940, but within a short time his letters stopped and he was never heard from again. The Second Lieutenant is thought to have died while manning a machine gun post in Hazebrouck, northern France.

Press For The Very White Of Love


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I was honoured this weekend to be given the chance by BBC Radio 4’s great programme, From Our Own Correspondent, to tell the moving story of the death of my mother’s WW2 fiance, Martin Preston, nephew of the poet Robert Graves; and the heroic resistance put up by the Bucks […]

Journey to Hazebrouck: BBC From Our Own Correspondent