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A Memory of Worcester During the War.

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Eric Barker
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13 October 2004

I am a volunteer working for the BBC's Peoples War and I am writing this story told to me by my Brother in Law who has unfortunately now lost the power of speech.

During the war I worked at Heenan and Froude and I joined the Home Guard. One Sunday we were due to parade in the city, led by one of the bosses. We assembled in the back of the Factory ready to march, not realising that the boys from the Metal Box had called the previous night and placed a boulder in the middle of the entrance to the yard. The boss gave the order to march and strode out, passing the boulder and the Home Guard platoon found it difficult to get through, some climbed over the boulder and resumed marching.
On the Monday we were told to assemble and the boss said he would sack the ones responsible, which was impossible because they worked for the Metal Box.

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