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Gathering Eggs with the Farmer's Wife

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Allan Mottram, Frank Mottram, Marion Mottram, Harold and Marion Mottram
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Preesal, Fleetwood
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09 July 2005

I was about seaven when the war started. My mother (Marion Mottram) sent my brother Frank and I to her sister's in a village near Worksop, but we only stayed a few months. Then, in about 1941,we were evacuated with Marlborough Road School Higher Broughton,Salford 7). We went to a farmer's wife in Preesal, Fleetwood. She only wanted one child but my brother was with me so she had to take him as well. Later on, when my sister Marion was old enough, she came to join us on the farm.

I remember the farmer's wife taking me with her and getting a basket full of eggs and keeping them under eisenglass to keep them fresh. They used to sell the eggs to buy grain. I also remember the fields of swede and kale. They had to have them to feed the cattle in wartime but after the war, it all went back to grass.
This story has been submitted to the People's War website by Judie Krebs for GMR Action Desk on behalf of Allan Mottram and has been added with his permission. The author is fully aware of the site's terms and conditions.

When Dad (Harold Mottram) was called up, he'd been a telegraph boy with the General Post Office. He went into the Signals Corps, was at Dunkirk, never got injured but then had an accident with a gun and waas invalided out. Someone had left a bullet in a gun which he could see was falling off a rack. He didn't know about the bullet and he grabbed the gun and it went off and shot him ... that was his story, anyway! After the war, he went back into the GPO and ended up as an inspector.

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