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"STOP FIRING OR MY MAN WILL STOP WORKING"

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

Contributed by 
BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
HAROLD LOVELESS AND MR MILES
Location of story: 
MOUNT CABURN near LEWES
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4036006
Contributed on: 
09 May 2005

I was about nine in the war but I can remember my father ploughing at Ranscombe Farm, Mount Caburn, near Lewes.

The army was using the hill for rifle practice in the butts at the time.

The bullets were hitting the flints and ricocheting over the top and Dad went to his employer Mr Miles and said it was too dangerous to carry on.

Mr Miles went to see the Commanding Officer and said "Either your men stop firing or my man will stop working" so they stopped firing.

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Amanda Wilkins on behalf of Harold Loveless with his permission. Harold fully understands the site's terms & conditions.

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