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15 October 2014
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Bryan Boniface
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I was born on 1st September, 1936, in Beckenham. The family home was then in Coney Hall, Kent.
In the summer of 1939, we all moved to a bigger house in Upper Elmers End, Beckenham
Three days after my third birthday, on the third of September, war was declared on Germany.
For the first few months of the war, the hostilities had little effect on our lives, and it wasn’t until after the blitz that Dad decided we should be evacuated, so it was the latter part of 1940 that Mum, Ian (my older brother) and I were sent off to a village called Eastleach, near Cirencester, to stay with a family called Sykes.
Conditions there were very primitive, with no water, gas nor electricity supply, not even a toilet. So as soon as possible, we were moved to better accommodation in the nearby village of Coln St Aldwin.
My dad worked at Muirheads and was involved with important work in the war effort and had stay in Beckenham. He was in the home guard.
I started school at Easter, 1941. It was at the village school, and we lived in the school house with the village teacher, so going to school was going through a door!
Somewhere at the beginning of 1943, dad decided it was safe for us to go home back to Beckenham. So we left the Cotswolds, only to return in 1944 when the “doodlebugs” started coming in.
But, by April 1945, the tide of war had turned in our favour, so we once again returned home. This time, to stay.

Stories contributed by Bryan Boniface

The Bombing of My School.
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch 1 - Intro, Aug - Oct 1939
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch 2 - Nov - Dec 1939
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch 3 - Jan - Apr 1940
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch 4 - May - Jul 1940
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch 5 - Aug - Sep 1940
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch 6 - Oct 1940
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch7 - Nov 1940
Wartime Diary of a Customs Officer: Ch8 -Dec 1940
Wartime diary of a customs officer, Ch 9 - Jan & Feb 1941
Wartime diary of a customs officer Pt 10 - March & April 1941
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 11 - May - July 1941.
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch12 - Aug and Sept.
Wartime diary of a custom officer: Ch 13 - Oct. 1941
Wartime diary of a custom officer: Ch 14 - Nov 1941
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch15 - Dec 1941
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 16 - Jan 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 17 - Feb 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 18 - Mar 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 19 - Apr 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 20 - May and June 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch21 - Jul to Sep 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 22 - Oct and Nov 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 23 - Dec 1942
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 24 - Jan and Feb 1943
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 25 - Mar and Apr 1943
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 26 - May and June 1943
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 27 - Jul and Aug 1943
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 28 - Sep and Oct 1943
Wartime diary of a customs office: Ch 29 - Nov and Dec 1943
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 30 - Jan and Feb 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 31 - Mar and Apr 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch32 - May 1944
Wartime diary of a customs office: Ch33 - Jun 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 34 - Jul 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 35 - Aug 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 36 - Sep 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 37 - Oct 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 38 - Nov 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 39 - Dec 1944
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 40 - 1945 Jan
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 41 - 1945 Feb
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 42 - 1945 Mar
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 43 - 1945 Apr
Wartime diary of a customs officer: Ch 44 - 1945 May
A mother's diary - 1945. Part 1: January and February.
A mother's diary, 1945, Pt 2 - March, April and May
A mother's diary 1945, Pt 3 June, July and August.
A mother's diary 1945 Pt 4 Sept and October.
A mothers diary 1945. November, December and some Jan 1946.
The story of the life of an ordinary little boy living during the second world war. Pt 1
The story of the life of an ordinary little boy living during the second world war. Pt 2
The story of the life of an ordinary little boy living during the second world war. Pt 3

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