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Enid Wilks-Chepstow Memories
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A4167939
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08 June 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War site by volunteer from The Chepstow Society on behalf of Enid Wilks and has been added to the site with her permission. Enid Wilks fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

MRS ENID WILKS nee Constance

An Indian Regiment was stationed at the Racecourse after Dunkirk. Their Arab horses had all been lost and they were now using Canadian horses.

The Commandant had been educated at Oxford. He was friendly with my parents ( Eileen’s ) and my mother's young sister ( Mrs Wilks ). As a result, all the family, including my grandmother, were invited to a meal at the camp. We sat at a low table where chapati-type bread was passed around, and curry was served on the bread. No cutlery! A great fuss was made of my brother, who was taken around the camp and put up on a large horse. I, a mere girl -was largely ignored!

The commandant translated part of a letter from his mother in which she said," Remember, my son~ all the lads in your care are some other mothers' sons!

At Mynydd Bach my aunt remembers the garden lit up with the light from the oil refineries at Avonmouth. where bombs had been dropped.

Related the me by my aunt ( who is 83 years old ) who was born at Mynydd Bach and is now living in Plymouth.

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