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My family during the War

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Linda Mary Robinson
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21 December 2005

Father Herbert

I know that my grandfather and his brother went into the royal artillery. My grandfather was killed in march 42 or 43 he was training in London and the canon backfired and his brother survived until middle 80s. Because he was a farmer he wasn’t called up so he went into the home guard and they did a lot of work for the home guard like repairing uniforms, for which they got extra rations. My mother started school when she was 5 in Somersham school in the village. They had evacuees in the school and in the west end of Somersham one of the aircraft came down and it hit one of the houses of evacuees. Because of where they were situated they could hear the aircraft and count them out and back in because they were on the flight path. My husband’s grandfather was one of the founders of WG Pye, they did a lot of radio work and went into scientific instruments in the middle of the 1930s. Also Horace Darwin was involved in the scientific side. Another family connection was the Winten Smith, who made pork pies and sausages in Cambridge; they went until the 1980s, having started in 1930s.

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