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A Voice From The Past

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Frank Roberts
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01 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Bill Ross of the ‘Action Desk — Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Frank Roberts, and has been added to the site with the author’s permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

A Voice From The Past

Frank, at 18 years old, having been trained at Catterick Camp, was sent as part of the reinforcements to join his regiment of tanks just after ‘D’ day. They went across the channel, then by train and while on the train he saw the remains of the gliders at Pegusus Bridge. He joined his regiment just in time for the Ardennes offensive, and after that he was given leave and sent to Holland for three days. Whilst there he stayed a night with a family who had a 16 year old girl who spoke and wrote English very well, and later he stayed a second night with the family. He never saw them again. He ended the war when he was shell shocked and went to a British Field hospital in Belgium. He was sent to a POW camp, no. 2232 guarding Germans as an easier ending to his war. He never heard from the Dutch family again and was demobbed in 1947. Many years later when his mother died, his sister was going through her effects and found a letter in a biscuit tin. It was from the Dutch girl asking if he was still alive, and for his address. He is sad no one wrote to them and wonders if they are still alive.


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