was home on weekend leave, unofficial leave, and the floods came
along and I went to Woodbridge Station just to have a look. I went
and saw the book stall manager, who was a chap called Harold Hare,
and we stood on the platform and actually watched the water lapping
photo of himself on the platform at Woodbridge Railway Station
I thought to myself, I’m in trouble here, because the radio was
saying that people had been trapped in houses and everywhere had
been flooded on the coast.
"So I thought I had better get myself back to Norwich Barracks
right quick, which I did and ended up going to Southwold with the
army and sandbagging at Southwold. Near the St Felix Girls School
on the road into Southwold.
"It was so cold it was unbelievable. It was the only time in
the army we ever had a rum ration. And my trouble, being a Corporal,
I weren’t allowed to do any sandbagging, I had to supervise, which
was the worst thing ever, I was colder than ever.
"We went down the front because the actual road to the harbour
end, the shingle had come right over and covered half the bungalows
on the right hand side as you drove down there. Some of the chaps
stayed there and dug out those bungalows, or the houses, and rescued
the people there.
"But we were transferred to the little lane next to the St
Felix Girls School and I actually worked on the wall, sandbagging...
"Terrible, freezing rain and cold. Nearly ice it was at the
time – hence the rum ration."
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