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Painted Dustbin Lids

by Glenn Miller Festival 2004

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Glenn Miller Festival 2004
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Ernest Wheeler
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South Wales
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13 September 2004

In 1939 I was aged 7 years old, and lived in Highams Park near Chingford in Essex. There was an Anderson Shelter in the back garden. I remember collecting military badges and buttons. Due to bombing I was evacuated to Ashwell, near Oakham in Rutland. I went to the village school.

After about six months I returned to London, but after six months of the Blitz I was evacuated for the second time, this time to South Wales. I can remember dustbin lids being pained yellow and mounted on a post. Apparently, if there had been a gas attack, the yellow would have turned red.

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