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- 26 October 2005
I was staying with me grandfather in 39 Standen Road, Southfields, Wandsworth. My father was in the navy. We were in the only house that still had gas. The rest had electric.
My Mum, Ethel Brown, used to go down with the ration books, the butcher used to mark it with a pencil. When they used to get out, she rubbed the mark out and go down the next butcher so she could feed her children. You had to didn’t you?
Things were really hard; people don’t know what they’ve got now. You grew what you could; lettuce, tomatoes. I never saw a banana until about 1946.
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