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Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Seven - Arrival in Scotland in June 1944. On to Sheffield and Bulford Camp. Workingicon for Recommended story

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Monday night was Sale time, when my Uncle, Jim Yarnold would auction the produce in aid of property funds....

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