i was 11 when the war broke out and in my home town of London. In 1939 I was packed off with my brother in my charge, as he was a bit younger, to people in the country side that where made to "billet" children from the big cities, and frankly they did not like it at allThis was mandatory. How it worked was, the inspectors came around to each house, and if you had a spare room, then you were made have one or two chlidren.!!Well for most of us it did not last too .,ong and by the beginning of 1940 we were back in London.At 14 I was assigned, as many boys were to help with the war effort, and as I was a sea cadet, I was asigne d job building boats for the navy. We were building " pinnaces" as they were called, and we churned them out by the hundred.We also went to school often after the heavy air raids, and most times would have to walk around large holes, "craters" in the roads etc from the bombs that fell the night before, and occaisionally with unexplodeed bombs still in them !!.Many times we would have empty desks in class from casualties from the night before. SAt might we were jammed into an "Anderson" shelter in our small garden, and could watch the bombs falling out of the German planes that were only flying at 2/3 thousand feet and caught in the searchlights.Four years of that leaves an impression.The person that left most impression on me:My Mum for enduring all these things and lining up each day to get meagre rations to feed us. And Winston, our hero that kept us all going.K.K.
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