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08 June 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Vinod Ghadiali of Leicestershire Library Services on behalf of Stuart Wilcox, and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.


Although I was not born until the middle of the war, I have three distinct memories of those times. I can remember standing on the bar of the gate into our hen run and seeing the barrage balloons floating over Sheffield about 15 miles away.
One day I was being taken to my grandparents in the wheelbarrow (as usual). Our route took us past the ‘Cross Keys’ pub – but the pub sign had been taken down – to confuse the Germans if they landed! All that remained was the iron bar from which the pub sign usually hung – at the end of which was an evil - looking spike. I looked at this and it for some reason caused me to ask my father, “ Dad, who is this Hitler?” My final memory is of a big green canvas banner which read “ Welcome home Len “. This was a message for my Uncle Leonard who had helped build the Burma Railroad for three years. At least it welcomed happier times for we children used it in our games for many years.

Stuart Wilcox

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