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Svlvia's Memories

by smethwicksylv

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smethwicksylv
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Sylvia Lee(nee Poston)
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Civilian
Article ID: 
A4578672
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28 July 2005

In 1939 when World War 2 broke out I was just 17 years old. There were a lot of people out of work at the time but Ihad a job in a factory working 48 hours a week for 10 shillings and 3 pence which in our money today is 51 pence.
As soon as war was declared all factories were put on ammunitions. We had to have identification cards and carry gas masks wherever you went. All food was rationed and we were all given a coupons book. We had coupons for sweets, clothing and petrol if you were allowed them. Shops soon became empty. The shopkeeper used to keep everything under the counter and only the regular customers got what they had.

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