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Life as a Teacher during WW2 Part 4

by cornwallcsv

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Enid Lydiatt
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Biscovey St Blazey Gate
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10 June 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War website by Sue Sutton on behalf of Enid Lydiatt, the author and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

In the war the Americans used to send boxes of fruit etc which were divided up in the area, the Biscovey Home boys always had them as it was easier than spreading the contents very thinly around the village, I remember one of the small boys telling me he had been given a banana - he threw it over the hedge as he didn't know what to do with it. I was green with envy as we did not have any bananas in the war.

At the beginning of the war our number on roll was 150 - the infants across the road was a separate school. The war joined us together and we numbered 300 with the evacuees.

Teachers weren't allowed to have five weeks summer holiday - many foster parents didn't want the children hanging about all the time so we had to arrange to have a fortnight's holiday for each member of staff in order to have the school open. A sign of the times, I don't recall any real vandalism in the village. There was a similar Girls Home at Carclaze, St Austell. We had to have a father figure for the boys.

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