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Mrs. Hulbert recalls Wartime Arle

by Ann-Marie

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21 August 2005

Mrs Hulbert recalls that the fire watchers (ARP) used to meet at The Poplars. There were about a dozen of them and Mrs. Morris let them have a room where they could sleep at night. Two were on duty each night.
Uncle Fred Kearsey was in the Local Defence Volunteers (LDVs), Mrs. Hulbert recalls. She remembers Mr. Raechel of Bank Cottages who used to go out when the air-warning signal went, shouting 'sirens be gone, sirens be gone'. The sirens were a sound one never forgets.
The Ack-Ack (light anti-aircraft guns) were situated on The Brow manned by the regular army, men who used to camp in Nissan huts there and go to Hope Farm for water. However when the Americans took over they had piped water installed. She also remembers an ack-ack gun out at Hayden.
The LDV used to go into Cheltenham once a week to the Drill Hall to learn to drill and to use guns. They used to practice in the fruit orchards on Sunday with their faces blacked.

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