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National Trust WW2 Rural Learning Events
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Barry Smith
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Wales 1941
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23 April 2005

During WW2 I was evacuated to Wales from Birmingham as it was being heavily bombed. I lived on a farm in the village of Arddleen near Llanymynech. One day in the late Summer of 1941 I was given a good hiding by the farmers grown up son for allegedly damaging the corn. ( Damage to food crops was very serious then as food was in short supply and rationed. ) I was taken to see two corn circles I was supposed to have made. They were some way in to the field and could only be seen by standing on the field gate. A typical 5 barred farm gate. They were about 15 meters diameter. I did not make them and we never found out who did. Was I blamed for some of the earliest corn circles?

Later in the war we had German and Italian prisoners of war working on the farm. They were always invited in by the farmer for meal times. I still have a birthday card from an Italian POW.

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