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- People in story:
- MRS DOROTHY ALICE DYSON
- Location of story:
- Barbados, West Indies
- Background to story:
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- Contributed on:
- 25 August 2005
This story has been submitted by Margaret Payne of the Lancashire Home Guard on behalf of Mrs Dorothy Alice Dyson and has been added to the site with her permission.
I was born an only child in Scissett in Yorkshire. I left school at 14 years of age. I worked in a cotton mill making khaki for army uniforms.
Scissett is a village near Sheffield and was constantly hit by bombs during World War Two. Although there was rationing, my family always managed. I got married during the war. My wedding dress was pink as white material was only available to the “better off”. My two bridesmaids were also dressed in pink. My wedding bouquet was made up of pink carnations. Our wedding reception, like many others, was held in the local church hall.
My husband, Eric, was torpedoed three times off the coast of America. He was cared for in Barbados by a family who owned a sugar plantation. He returned to England when he was well. In later years, my daughter , Brenda and I visited Barbados and found the house where Eric was looked after on the plantation, and Brenda still writes to the family out there.
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