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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Rosemarie Bartram
Location of story: 
Lincolnshire
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4425347
Contributed on: 
11 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Charlotte Compton of Uckfield Community Learning Centre, a volunteer from BBC Southern Counties Radio on behalf of Rosemarie Bartram and has been added to the site with her permission. Rosemarie Bartram fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

During the war my mother was a SOE Special Operation Excecutive. I was sent to boarding school near Hawkhust, between the ages of 3 and 7. I only saw my mother four times a year for 24-48 hours only and she was always in Khaki.
If the bombing in London was not bad I was able to go to Lincolnshire to stay with my Grandparents. I was taken to Charing Cross Station where my mother would meet me and take me to Kings Cross Station to catch the train to Lincolnshire. I would be in the charge of the guard and sit in the guard van, all the windows were blacked out, he cut me a tiny square so that I could peep out of the window for the journey. My gas mask was labeled with my name and destination. My Grandparents met me at the other end.

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