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Bewildered Days Of Childhood: In Chadwell Heath


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Marion Charles
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Chadwell Heath,Romford, Essex
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15 March 2004

Although we were so young we understood what the siren meant

I suppose what interests me about the war is the way those years are able to stay in ones mind, years that involve so
many people including my parents who both served in the forces, my grandmother who worked in an amunition
factory, my other grandmother had me to look after, my grandfather had already retired , but was called back to
work on the railways.I remember running to meet him comming home from work, often I had to run for the airaid
shelters in the park he walked through. It was amazing how young we were and yet we did not have to be told what
the airaid siren meant and where we had to go.I had five uncles in service and twoaunties in service.I was not
evacuated I dont realy know why , so I stayed in chadwell heath essex. I can only remember having two close
shake ups , one when my dad came home from dunkirk, a bomb dropped in the field at the back of our garden
when we were in the anderson shelter, the force blew the door off and shook things up a bit. Next a few years latter
my school had a near miss , a bomb fell in the road behind and shattered all the windows and skylight so we were
all sent home while the teachers cleared up all the glass. I always remember too the way us infants when in class
and the siren went we all stood up ,fell into a line of two holding hands and marched out of class and into the
playground where there were two big concreate shelters, the teacher told us all to go in quietly no chatter and form
a u shape or horshoe so all the children could fit in round the walls, there were no seats, and then the next line
would follow keeping to the u shape till it was full ,the other shelter being filled at the same time. I think now it
was funny how we all marched in order just like little soldiers, but I suppose it had to be like that it made sense at
the time.
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Message 1 - A2428175 - Bewildered Days Of Childhood

Posted on: 18 March 2004 by MARION

Ihave written and posted story but I cant find it.Six mistakes of mine starting with title are still thereIdont know how to move them marionm53

Message 1 - Editorial problem

Posted on: 27 November 2005 by British Schools Museum

This story has the text repeated several times. It needs editing!


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Posted on: 28 November 2005 by MARION

if you could give us details of where the story is repeated we will edit on behalf of Mrs Kemp.

Thank you, Action Desk at BBC Radio Suffolk


Message 3 - Editorial problem

Posted on: 28 November 2005 by MARION

Just had another read and realised its repeated within the same story - so we have amended it on behalf of Mrs Kemp.

Action Desk - BBC Radio Suffolk

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