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- People in story:
- Queenie Prieto nee Baker, Reginald Baker, Harry Baker, Eric Baker, Mr and Mrs Hillard
- Location of story:
- London, Yeovil
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- Contributed on:
- 30 July 2005
This story was submitted to the People’s War website by Sue Sedgwick from and on behalf of Mrs Queenie Prieto and has been added to the website with his permission. Mrs Preito fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.
In 1939 I was 10 years old and was at Scarsdale Road School Camberwell. On the 1st September myself and my 3 brothers Reginald (12), Harry (9) and Eric (7) were taken to a railway station in London and put on a train to Yeovil. It was the first time we had seen fields with cows in!
When we got to Yeovil we were taken to a big hall where we were nearly the last to be taken so we were put in a lorry and taken round the streets while the helpers knocked on doors to see if anyone could take us. Eventually one woman said she would take 2 boys but would stretch to 3 so the boys went there and I was billeted 3 doors down the road with Mr and Mrs Hillard (an elderly couple). I was there for 3 years. I was very happy as it was a much freer life than in London and Mr and Mrs Hillard were very kind. We had part time school; locals in the morning and us in the afternoon as there weren’t enough teachers. This went on for about nine months, then more teachers came and we went full time.
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