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The Good Life in Dulverton

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Jim (James) Lewis
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Dulverton, Somerset
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26 November 2005

[This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Margaret Jones from Three Counties Action at the Glenn Miller Festival on behalf of Jim Lewis and has been added to the site with his permission. Mr. Lewis fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.]

I was born in Westminster in 1938.My father was an Air Raid Warden and I was evacuated in 1940, twice along with my mother. The third time I was evacuated alone to Dulverton in Somerset to the house of Mrs. Herbert. She had a big house which held 30 children all from Westminster. We all slept in a dormitory on the upper floor of the house. I cried for 2 or 3 weeks. We didn’t see any bombs. At Christmas I had toys made locally.
Mrs. Herbert’s brother was the film star Reginald Denny and her sister Anne married into the Albertini family and lived in White Lodge in Richmond Park. After the War , Mrs Herbert who was 50 years old, moved into a cottage and I went with her.She was an eccentric, domineering old lady and she moved around a lot. My first real memories are from Exmoor when I was 3 ½ years old. But we also went to Oakhampton, Widmouth Bay near Bude, and Hythe in Kent. I stayed with her until I was 21 years old and I had a private tutor but I used to go and visit my mother.

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