Memoirs of an Evacuee, by Bernard Poulten

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Memoirs of an Evacuee, by Bernard Poulten

Published privately, 62 pages. A4 size Booklet (N7618PE)

In this booklet Bernard Poulten provides a fascinating account of his childhood during the Second World War, when, as a boy from Walthamstow, he was evacuated to the Bedfordshire village of Harlington. After a short account of his very early life in what was then part of Essex, he records being evacuated and the journey to Ampthill, before going on to recount the people, places and events of the next few years. He writes about how Harlington was bombed, living in Sundon Road, buying a bicycle, the local garage, the formation of the Local Defence Force, sickness, the army setting up some fire ranges, schooling in Bedford and getting there on the train, the local Blacksmith Arthur Smith, rationing, farm work, American aircraft flying overhead, the Air Training Corps, and much more! The booklet thus gives an excellent insight into what it was like growing up as an evacuee during the war, as well as what life was like on the home front in this part of Bedfordshire ....

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.