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Memories of the Second World War

by AgeConcernShropshire

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Ada Lineton
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20 November 2004

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Susan Stefiuk of Age Concern Shropshire Telford and Wrekin on behalf of Mrs Ada Lineton and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I was very fortunate to be in love with a regular soldier. I was fifteen when we met and John was seventeen and had only just joined the forces. We seemed to be apart more than together, but kept our love for each other through the letters we wrote.

War broke out while John was abroad. He came home in 1942 and we were married. Then it was getting ready for D Day.

I spent the next three years in a factory making bullet proof rivets for Churchill and Centurion tanks. John went to France for D Day landings.

He never spoke much about his experiences, although he did tell me about one incident where a local lad was wounded on Sword Beach. John helped carry him to safety and said to him “You’ll be alright mate”.

The lad’s name was Len Murray, who became head of the Trade Union Movement, he later became Lord Murray.

My two daughters went to Normandy to celebrate the 2nd Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry’s achievements, and met with some of their dad’s old comrades. So remembering all the hard times, they also formed a friendship with my children.

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