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Childhood Memories (J.Errington)

by Bournemouth Libraries

Contributed by 
Bournemouth Libraries
People in story: 
June Errington
Location of story: 
Yorkshire
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A3094049
Contributed on: 
06 October 2004

June was seven years old when war started and lived in Yorkshire. She lived on a farm and they often saw evacuees who came to the country to escape the bombing in the cities.

Today's children are told not to talk to strangers but in those days children were told not to touch anything that looked like a bomb. Posters were put up on the walls reminding children of what a bomb looks like and warning them not to touch them.

June remembers one occasion when she was walking along the road and a large lorry stopped which was full of American soldiers. One soldier came up to her and gave her a huge catering tin of dried fruit. She was very shy and frightened at the time and didn't want to refuse it. She carried it home in trepidation, thinking that it was a bomb! She took the tin to her Aunt who was very happy and they shared the fruit with all their neighbours.

June's dad was killed in the war in 1943. He had been in North Africa and travelled into Northern Italy where he was killed.

June remembers VJ-Day as they had moved to London where they had a newsagents. She remembers the street parties.

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