- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Colin Chesworth
- Location of story:
- Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
- Background to story:
- Civilian Force
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 17 May 2004
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I remember Chamberlains radio broadcast saying we were at war. Everyone was shocked.
Thefirst air-raid siren, we went down to a shelter. After that I decided that really we weren't in that much danger and so I stayed in bed. We lived in Bryan Street. Before the war we could always see the red glow of Shelton Bar but it must've been dampened down.
I joined the Home Guard. I was a pianist so I got roped into being involved in a pantomine that the regular Army Captain had written.It was at Shelton Barracks(bottom of Broad Street) There was the regular army, us and ATS girls. It was really good. We had a Regimental Sargeant Major who could always be found dancing when off duty - you would never beleive it was the same chap!
In the Home Guard we did have rifles.I remember the American 303. I was paid 3 shillings a night for subsistence - at the same time I was working at Hanley Deep Pit in the offices. we would spend half the night playing cards - usually pontoon, then we would settle down to sleep in the horsehair mattress only to be woken 30 minutes later by a sergeant.
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