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Life During the War

by CSV Action Desk Leicester

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CSV Action Desk Leicester
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Gwendoline Robert
Location of story: 
Middlesex / EastEnd London
Article ID: 
A7246479
Contributed on: 
24 November 2005

Gwedoline Robert
Middlesex / East End London

War came in 1939, before I was 19.
I was expecting my first child. My husband was taken away from Royal Artillery camp.
The camaraderie was marvellous when we moved to London.
The bombing was terrible.
The roof came off our flat twice.
My husband got me into Oxford then Bournmouth and this was more peaceful.
I met a lot of people who had been evacuated.
Life was tough.
My husband went to India (8 months before the end of the war).
There was an attack on the East Coast.
People were much more together — we didn't have much but we helped each other. You forgot about luxuries.
You would queue for oranges and bananas for the children.
We shared everything with people.
Tea was rationed — 4 oz a week, butter 7 oz.
You learnt to make ends meet.
Children grew up — 3 in the war years.
The Christmas Tree was made out of crepe paper — you couldn't actually have one.
My second husband was in Naples and my third was a pilot.

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Message 1 - War Years

Posted on: 24 November 2005 by Raymond

It is very strange but as one grows older, memories of the war years seem to become more vivid. My family left Belgium for England when I was only three years old and I can still recollect certain events from the 1940-1945 period quite clearly. I can picture the air raid shelter (and even still smell the dampness!),my Micky Mouse gas mask, the ceiling coming down on top of us in the kitchen, leaving us covered in plaster,the sound of warnings and the all clear etc etc. It goes to show that all these events must have had a profound impact on the further life of young children although they were not consciously experienced as being so at that time. Extracts frop my father's diaries which I translated from French can be found on this site under "War Diaries by Jozef Massart".

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