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In Living Memory - Contributions

These memories are contributed by students from All Saints Junior School, sent in by their teacher Mrs Alison Wyld.

There are more memories you can read, supplied by a Shropshire Junior School.

Interview with Auntie Doreen
By Joanne, aged 7

I am going to interview my Great Aunt who is 92 years old. She was in the war. She was born in 1907. I asked her the following questions:

Q1: What was it like being a nurse in the war?
I have various experiences of the war. I spent most of my time in North Africa. But my most memorable time was at Dunkirk on May 28 1940. On the quay at Dunkirk, there was a huge hole and we had to be careful not to fall in it. I was on the last hospital ship to leave. All around the troops were swimming to get to the other boats.

Q2: What year did you start being a nurse?
That was on October 5 1927, I went to St Bartholomews.

Q3: Where were you in the war?
I started the war in France. After coming back from Dunkirk I went to Egypt in North Africa. I stayed in North Africa for two years and then went to Italy.

Q4: In hospital, were there enough beds for all the injured soldiers?
It depended where we were. Sometimes we had to put them on stretchers.

Q5: Which was your most exciting day of your life?
When I came back from India after five years - because I was so pleased to see my parents.

Q6: During the war, what did you do in your free time?
We did not have much time off, but we read and we wrote letters. I once wrote to my parents. I tried to explain to them where I was, but you see we were not allowed to tell where we were. One thing I do remember is that, when I was about 12 or 14 I had stayed at the same place with my parents before. So I just said: "The water-tower has not changed its place." Then they knew where I had been.

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Interview with Jacob's Dad
By Jacob, aged 8

Q1: When and where were you born?
I was born on 7th May 1961 in Barking, Essex.

Q2: What was the most exciting day of your childhood life?
When I went to Wembley to see my favourite football team, West Ham United, play in the F.A Cup final.

Q3: When was this?
In May 1975, just after my fourteenth birthday.

Q4: Who did you go with?
I went with two of my friends, Mark and Gary. We travelled from our house to Wembley by train.

Q5: Who did they play and did they win?
They played Fulham who were in a lower division of the league. They won 2-0, both goals were scored by the same player, Alan Taylor.

Q6: When you were at the match where did you sit?
We didn't sit down we stood on the terraces with the rest of the fans.

Q7: What was the atmosphere like?
There were a lot of people in the stadium. Everybody near me was very happy and singing 'I'm forever blowing bubbles' which is the West Ham song. It was one of the loudest things I have ever heard. When I got home I had lost my voice.

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Interview with Nanny
By Carl, aged 7

My Nanny was born in Durham on May 6 1942. My Nanny has lived in Liverpool, Canada and Fleet.

She remembers the Queen's Coronation in 1953 when she was only 11 years old. She remembers the street parties; it was a happy time.

Interview with my Mum
By Elizabeth, aged 8

My Mum was born in Morriston, South Wales, on July 16 1959 at about 3.00pm. She has one sister and no brothers, but lots of aunties. She lived on the edge of a small village, where her dad, my grandad, was the headmaster of the local school. There were only about 35 children in the whole school. All the children spoke Welsh and my mum couldn't speak English until she was five. Now my Mum is grown up, she is a teacher too.

My Mum remembers a very important day in history, when the first man walked on the moon in 1969. It happened when she was ten. Lots of her friends came round to her house to watch it on the TV. Everybody was very excited that the moon had been walked on. As children, they thought people would be going on holiday on the moon by the year 2000. But they were wrong!

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