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By Jeffrey L. Ethell

ISBN-10: 0853689377

ISBN-13: 9780853689379

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I had never heard of tripe before and was quite unable to eat it! Doreen Moss (front row, second from the right) pictured with her school friends in Derbyshire. (Courtesy of Doreen Sporle (Née Moss) ‘Another move was to Eaves Hall, which was used as the senior school. I was happy there and remember scrumping enough pears from the tree to give to everyone in my class for lunch, with permission of course. I also remember the drama of not understanding one word of algebra, until something suddenly clicked a couple of days before the exam – and I gained 92 per cent!

I only saw Mum once during the war, but we did exchange letters. Our house was right across the road from Southend Airport, where Spitfires were taking off and landing, so Mum and Dad didn’t get much sleep during the war! ’ When Jim returned home, he found it very difficult. He was 14 years old and Rochford was now very unfamiliar, as were his parents. His evacuation had been a life-changing experience, as Jim had enjoyed a privileged lifestyle, but in 1945 he had to return home to reality. He stayed in touch with the Percivals until they passed away, and recently visited Priors Lodge, which, he says hasn’t changed much since his years there.

I was standing just below the boat’s bridge when the Blue Warning was brought down to me – an Air Raid at sea. I sent the boys down into the hold, while the others crowded under the shelter of the superstructure. Ten minutes crept by, half an hour. The gunner looked about him with a slightly disappointed expression. ’ ‘More time passed. We began to nibble the sandwiches – this frugal meal broke the spell. Ninety minutes. Suddenly the transmitter buzzed and spluttered into welcome staccato. It was over.

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