The doctor said that Portsmouth wasn’t a good place to regain her health, as it was bombed almost every night.
Fred and his brothers and sisters all came here and lived in and around Nunney. It was a huge change for Fred. He threw himself into village life.
When the war ended he went back to Portsmouth to finish his apprenticeship as a builder.
As soon as that had ended, he came straight back to Nunney, where he has been ever since.
He met his wife Nora at a dance in the Nunney Church Rooms. They have now been married for 59 years.
Fred and Nora have served on many community organisations for decades. They were heavily involved in restarting Nunney Street Market and Fayre in 1975. The event is now in its 43rd year.
Fred and Nora LeStrange were presented with the Chairman’s Award for Services to the Community in Mendip, given by Somerset County Council, in November 2012.
Fred will celebrate his 90th birthday this summer.
Nunney during World War II
Fred Lestrange’s story is part of the exhibition Nunney during World War II, first displayed in Nunney Church during the 2012 Nunney Street Market and Fayre.
The exhibition is still available online.