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- Ken Robbins
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- 07 May 2005
I was evacuated to cornwall in 1941 to a village called Tresillian near Truro. My brother came with me and brian who was a good friend. We traveled from bristol to Truro by train, there was lots of other children being evacuated to cornwall. We were taken to a school which was being used as a clearing house. Host families would then pick and choose which of the children they wanted surprise, surprise we were the last three children to be picked. We were then taken to the host home which was a mixed farm close to the village. Age 7 and my brother aged 10 and brian aged 10 shared a bedroom. so unhappy was I at this stage that I would not undress to go to bed insisting that I was returning to Bristol the next day.
Needless to say the home sickness improved and we began to enjoy our new life on the farm. We had brought with us school teaher from bristol and they quickly established school routine.
The farm had no form of electricty and we lived the kitchen and learn very quickly how to live with oil lambs. The farmer and his wife and no children of their own and restented our present. They had incedently no option but to take us. This was the law of the land. We wasnt aloud out so we climb out of the bedroom window, to steal eggs from the hens to boil them the next day in secret.
For a boy from the city it was insteresting to participate in farm life and enjoyed being taught how to milk a cow, pick up potatoes and enjoy the harvest.
My parents and my little sister margaret were allowed to visit us on one or two occasions.
after 18 months we returned to Bristol because my mother missed us so much. The bombing raides were still happening in Bristol but we were happy to be home.
In later years my wife and I visited the farm which is now being used as a bed and breakfast. Happily my old bedroom had not changed a bit.
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