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Pink Dressing Gown

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Rosemarie Bartram
Location of story: 
Great North Road
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A4424898
Contributed on: 
11 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Charlotte Compton of Uckfield Community Learning Centre, a volunteer from BBC Southern Counties Radio on behalf of Rosemarie Bartram and has been added to the site with his/her permission. Rosemarie Bartram fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

My mother was a SOE Special Operations Excecutive, she was traveling in a troop truck with an army convoy down the Great North Road (now the A1). There was an accident ahead, all the head lights were half covered and didn’t give out much light and everyone was dressed in khaki, they didn’t know how to stop the on coming traffic. My mother had bought a dressing gown for me in Cambridge, which everyone had teased her about, as they did not believe she was old enough to have a daughter. The dressing gown which was pale pink outside and white inside was used to flag down the traffic and save a further accident.

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