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Peter Bamford-Wartime Memories.

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30 March 2004

This is one of the stories collected on the 25th October 2003 at the CSV's Make a Difference Day held at BBC Manchester. The story was typed and entered on to the site by a CSV volunteer with kind permission of Peter Bamford.

My father was the Sergeant Mayor of the Home Guard in Crumpsall and my mother was the switchboard operator for Salford Royal Hosp, and she was on duty on the night of the Manchester Blitz when SRH received a bomb. My sister Margaret volunteered for the American Red Cross, in Manchester City Centre from the arrival of the Americans into the war until the end in 1945. One of her claims to fame was that she was one of the few English girls who danced to the famous Glen Miller Band, who only played on American bases.

I was a cub scout St Clares, Blackley the troupe along with all other scouts collected things for salvage and I made a hand cart out of an old orange box and pram wheels and collected jam jars around the Prestwich and Bowker Vale area and was the first scout in the area to collect 1000 jam jars.

Because my father was in the Home Guard and my mother worked evenings at the hospital I was taken to Home Guard Headquarters in Cleveland Road in Crumpsall. Doing tasks like dusting the desk and delivering tea to the men who had been out on patrol.

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