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One Man's Childhood Reminiscence

by goodgracious

Contributed by 
goodgracious
People in story: 
Andrew Cameron
Location of story: 
Glasgow
Article ID: 
A2045567
Contributed on: 
15 November 2003

NB: I tried to get down what he said verbatim but was writing it by hand.

"My father was a munitions worker - you know he made arms and guns and bullets. He wasn't part of the army. They called him an essential worker. He was an air raid warden as well. They had to do it. As far as I know, it was a compulsory thing, so after his work, he had to go out with his hat and his torch and walk the streets looking out for the people who needed help.
My mother and the 3 children, you know I had an older brother and sister, were evacuated to a small town called Kinross near Perth - deep in the countryside. It was because Glasgow was deemed too dangerous. It was September 1939 to the end of the war.
Some people didn't have their mother's with them. My mother came with us. The local authority gave us a house so we stayed together. My father used to come up at a weekend and visited us. My sister married someone up from that area...years later of course.
She (mother)had trouble with the council. They didn't want to give her the house. She had terrible trouble. You know what these wee towns are like. They're very parochial.
Some kids were placed in unsatisfactory homes. You know, the people they stayed with were cruel. Some people were placed in very elegant places - you know all sorts of people took you on.
My father told me a story about after the blitz one night, a building had been razed to the ground but in one of the rooms a piano stood with a vase on top untouched. This was Glasgow central, argyl street, where my dad used to patrol."
WIFE CUTS IN:
"Bessie Marshall had a sister who was married - I don't know what the lady's name was. During the Clydebank blitz she and her husband and her children and her baby in her arms were found dead. The eldest daughter was visiting her Aunt Bessie in Langside and they were the only two of that family who survived because she was visiting her Aunt Bessie."

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