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May and George Ashton
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07 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Wendy Wood of Hastings Community Learning Centre, a volunteer from BBC Southern Counties Radio on behalf of May Fisher and has been added to the site with his/her permission. May Fisher fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

It was the middle of November 1940 and I was a 21 year old housemaid in Surrey. It was a lovely late autumn day and I was by myself outside a cinema looking to see what films were on and this young man came up behind me and said “would you like to see a film with me”. I said “I don’t know about that”. He said “oh come on” so I said “OK”. I don’t remember at all what film we saw but afterwards we chatted and then he said he would like to see me again and write to me. We felt an instant attraction and I saw him several times over the next few days and then came the bad news I was told I would be evacuated to Somerset, which was my home town, the next week. I was devastated as I thought this was the end of my romance. However George, as I was now called him, came down to Somerset to see me and much to my surprise and delight he proposed to me in my father’s house. The banns were called and we wanted to marry straight away but I am catholic and my priest said we had to wait. Anyway we waited, but only 3 weeks and we got married on 14th December 1940 at St Josephs Church, Langport, Somerset.
George had a week’s leave and we stayed in Somerset for our honeymoon.
I was going to join the land army but I fell pregnant with my son who is now 63. I then became pregnant in 1942 with my first son but sadly my husband was killed in Action on 20th February 1944 and never saw our second son. I was devastated and did not want to believe the news but I was one of many widows. I have since been married 5 more times!

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