Looking Back : Reflections of a London Child on the War years 1939 - 1945
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It was then announced that mothers with children under the age of 5 should also consider evacuation, taking their toddlers with them As John was not quite 2 years old, Dad felt Mum should also be removed from possible danger, so they too registered for the evacuation programme. It all seemed rather jolly, most of our class-mates had duly brought their forms back, all consenting to evacuation, rather like signing up for a mammoth school outing. Our school was issued with special song books in preparation, full of rousing and patriotic numbers which the music teacher rehearsed us in relentlessly.
Dad had been persuaded by his firm to join the Territorial Army in , so along with several of his work colleagues he had spent a week away at Camp on Army manoeuvres each year. Mum thought it was all rather silly; after all he was She said they were like a lot of schoolboys playing games. However, Dad enjoyed the week or so away, and as Rowe and Pitman paid his wages when he was off on these jaunts, not too much notice was taken as to how he had committed himself, nor the full implications realised.
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So jogged along. By July I had completed my first year at Grammar School and had settled in nicely, really enjoying the new experience and managing to cope with the academic requirements. Dorothy was 9 years old and doing well at the Junior School and 2 year old John was a happy and contented little soul.
We must have been more affluent that year for Dad had booked a two week holiday for us at Winchelsea Beach, near Rye in Sussex. This was to be in a disused railway coach, a great novelty - obviously a fore-runner of caravan holidays. We travelled down to Winchelsea Beach by coach in early August and spent a glorious ten days there.
John had his second birthday there and I still have a photo of him, beaming away astride a large mock lion. It was a happy time for all of us, Mum and Dad were relaxed and carefree, while the railway coach provided an endless source of amusement for Dorothy and I.
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In the middle of the second week a telegram arrived for Dad, telling him he had to report to some Army Barracks, either in Hampshire or Berkshire, I cannot remember which. He had to be there AT ONCE - he was already a day overdue because the letter telling him to report had gone to our home address. Panic and consternation all round, there we were in the middle of a lovely holiday and this bombshell arrives! We frantically packed up and set off for home, Dad full of anxiety fearing he would be arrested as a deserter, while Mum was furious at what she thought was the Territorial Army playing still more silly games.
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