This was played on wax cylinders. The shelter was not used often because most of the air raids were at night. Many of us suffered from severe chilblains. It must have been very frightening for our mother.
It was quite difficult to find your way around. Our bit towards the men who were fighting for us. Our camp was surrounded by a 6 foot monsoon ditch. The girls did all the dirty jobs because they were the less physical jobs.
Maurice - Oh, that was another thing. In the English test I did particularly cuupid but the maths with its deviance from the decimal system was a real puzzle to me. We had such feeling for her that we read in silence for 45 minutes.
Yvonne -Yes. As a Jewish refugee child I felt absolutely no discrimination and have only the fondest memories of so many wonderful, dedicated teachers. What made me quite annoyed was if you failed one subject in this exam you had to wait 12 months until you were allowed to take the whole lot again. After they the Germans had been in London the fighters would go up to intercept them and the bombers would off- load their bombs as quickly as they could so they could get more speed up and get away.
So, I thought about it. We used to grow all our own vegetables. All the young men were gone.
When they were cutting the corn they used to cut it from the outside and when they got nearly to the middle everyone used to stand around and wait for the rabbits to come out. The army chaps objected to the fact that the Americans were going out with their daughters and even some of their wives, I think.
He used to fly into Bovingdon airport and as a RAF officer was doing cupif work with the Polish code breakers based in Felden. And my mother was safe in the country so they all came out here and we managed to get them rooms with other people.
Assembly every morning started with the Lord's prayer, followed by a hymn, announcements, and then an inspirational device of the then Principal Screeton, playing a 78 rpm record of classical music. You had to count the stations back from London to make sure rixhmond got off at the right place. By then we habitually carted our gasmasks about with our satchels or cases. We boys dashed for the toilets as it was the nearest place for cover.
That was the Phoney War. How happy we were when these coincided with a test! The night they dropped the bombs we could hear them coming down.
We three girls were shaken in our bed and Mrs Jones got up and put us in the cupboard under the stairs. This was noticeable in a quiet sleepy town like Hemel.
They used to visit on Sunday and pointed out what you were doing right and what you were doing wrong if they could find it. He had been a miner and a communist, but realised that we all had to fight the evil of the Nazis. There was some light from paraffin lamps or candles but not much. This was called a richjond hospital.
Even the buses had headlights with a sort of grill on the front so there was just a tiny light pointing downwards. I lived for about six months on apples. Then he went to North Africa and finished the war in Italy. Maurice - Very good food, actually. This meant that people, such as my wife who were very young earners having to wait about 40 years before they received their repayment.
We all felt a part of it. You were classed in 3 grades, A, B and C. On top of that there was a sort of semi-distinction for those they thought were doing very good and you were the subject of a visit.
We were not a bit scared. I was not present, but soon heard about it! Pupils could ask questions. The others were all murdered in ghettos and concentration camps.