- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Peter Gilson
- Location of story:
- Falmouth Cornwall
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 21 January 2006
CWS 180804D 16:14:01 — 16:14:52
This story has been added by CSV volunteer Linda Clark on behalf of the author Peter Gilson. His story was given to the Trebah Video Archive, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2004. The Trebah Garden Trust understand the site’s terms and conditions.
When Mr Chamberlain came on the radio to announce that war had started it was an automatic reaction for everyone to open their gas mask box. We all had gas masks in cardboard boxes which we carried with bits of string: we must have looked ridiculous but we all stood there with our gas masks, expecting the Germans to arrive over the horizon any minute, dropping bombs full of gas on us. You know as well as I do that after the first two weeks often the gas masks were forgotten and sometimes we didn’t even know where they were. We were told to always carry them but as with a lot of things, we didn’t always do as we were told.
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