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I was nearly 13 when the war broke out in 1939 so I was still at school. Life was much more simple in those days and we didn’t have any of the things we take for granted today. There was no television, no mobile phones or laptops, etc. For information we had to rely on the radio and for leisure we only had the cinema or the local dance halls, or to go swimming or go for walks.

I was very naive and the day war began, having been influenced by my then screen hero Errol Flynn, I really thought there was going to be hand to hand fighting in the streets with swords. Of course I was soon to realise it was not to be like this at all when the realities of war soon became evident.