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Helen Koser - World War II

Helen Laugher grew up in pre-war Birmingham, England, and was a nursing student during World War II when she met John Hambley, a convalescing American soldier, when she emerged from an air raid shelter following a German bombing attack in 1944. The two were married in 1947 in John's home town of Polo, Illinois.

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Three year old Helen Laugher with her maternal aunt Rose in Birmingham around 1924.

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Birmingham, England

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around 1924.

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A portrait of Helen in 1937, when she was sixteen and living in Birmingham.

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Birmingham, England

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1937

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Helen, 18, relaxes in Birmingham Park in 1939.

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Birmingham Park

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Postcard of Birmingham Cathedral as it appeared during the war.

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Helen attended St. Augustine grade school, a Catholic school run by nuns.

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Helen attended Rookery Road School from age 8 to 14. It was also where Helen attended nursing school during the war.

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Helen Laugher’s Wartime Identification Card.

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Helen received this Xmas card from her cousin, who was stationed in the Soviet Union during the war and was in Yalta at the time of the talks. It portrays the British Embassy in Moscow.

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Family portrait of Helen, her husband John Hambley, and their baby Terry in May 1948.

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May 1948

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Helen and her second husband, Robert Vogel, taken at their wedding on December 22, 1989.

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December 22, 1989

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