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- Monica Ogden (nee Rumfitt)
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- 18 June 2005
This story was submitted to the People's War website by Andrew; a pupil from St. Albans Catholic High School in Ipswich on behalf of his Grandmother Monica Ogden; and has been added to the site with her permission.
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At 11 o'clock on 3rd September 1939, my family and I gathered around the wireless in the dining room. The Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain began to speak. We all knew that Germany had been given an ultimatum and everyone was anxious to hear what had happened. The Prime Minister then gave the solemn announcment that everyone remembered:
"I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10, Downing Street.
This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final Note stating that unless we heard from them by 11 0'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland a state of war would exist between us.
I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany."
Immediately it felt like the everyone in the country had just stopped. It felt as if everyone was sharing the same empty feeling.
It was eerie. Then gradually everything seemed to start up again. But from that moment onwards, everyone's life completely changed.
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