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Comment: N. B. Hampson from Alsager, Cheshire: I only saw half of this but was very taken by the film as my dad was in the 53 Welsh and I knew he was in Holland prior to being
shipped south for a first hand look at the battle of the bulge where he and some mates were trapped behind lines for several days. I have a book on the whole war from D-day to the end produced by them at the end of the war, in Dusseldoff.

Comment: Martin van de Griendt from Arnhem, Nederland: Thanks very much, Mr. Atkinson (& colleagues). It is strange to see my mother's history on the web.

's Hertogenbosch by Robert Parker-Atkinson

Please tell us about yourself:
Born 12th June 1925 Ulverston, Lancashire.
I was a telegram boy at fourteen in Ulverston, I started work end of July 1939. Called up for the Army 15th July 1943 at eighteen-years-old.

Went to Normandy in June with 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment then onto Hamburg where I was a Bren Gunner in (A.Coy) 'til the Rhine then made up to CPL in charge of a section of 10 men 'til September 1945.

Packed in as CPL, drafted to 1st South Lancs 7 Platoon, (A. Coy) again the Regiment went out to Palestine for two years. After I was demobbed in October 1947 I came back to the Post Office as a postman. I was retired in August 1981 on medical grounds after 42 years service, I received the Imperial Service Medal.

What is your story about?
's Hertogenbosch . About the children I saw in the casino in October 1944 and did not find them until the year 2000.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
It was something that stayed in my mind I wanted to find out if they survived the war.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?
It was a very good feeling to think it may interest other people.

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