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East end of Greenock (Hillend Drive)

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People in story: 
Sadie Holmes
Location of story: 
Greenock, Scotland
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4889389
Contributed on: 
09 August 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Claire White of BBC Scotland on behalf of Sadie Holmes and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

I worked in the ROP (ammunitions) factory in Bishopton. It was a lot of work and the factory was packed with people drilling, etc.

We had a ration card during the war and we were rationed in every way. We only got so much groceries and meat from the butcher. I had two boys and three girls and I had very little to feed them. It's a good job my mother was from a farming family. She baked her own scones and bread. My mother was a dressmaker who came to Scotland from Ireland. She always made our clothes and never bought anything from shops.

Many people were killed in Hillend Drive during the war. The east end of Greenock was particularly badly hit. One whole family was wiped out and we had a lucky escape.

Greenock was full of sailors during the war and we gave them bites to eat. Our Uncle Bert was in the Canadian army and he and his wife, Aunt Sarah, stayed with us until his time was up.

My son was a baby during the war and he's now almost pension age. I'm nearly 90 myself!

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