War-time Letters from the Tottenham Home Front, by T.W. Gough

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War-time Letters from the Tottenham Home Front, by T.W. Gough

War-time Letters from the Tottenham Home Front, by T.W. Gough

Booklet Published by the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society in 1994, 52 pages. A5 size booklet (N5905X2)

From the introduction: The excerpts which follow are from letters written to me by my mother with additions from father, from the outbreak of war on 3 September 1939 to the beginning of 1941. They cover the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, and portray the life of a working-class family during those days when Winston Churchill had said to the nation on 13 May 1940, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." I have omitted some personal family details where they are not relevant, but otherwise have not changed the text and though history may have later corrected some comments, nevertheless they indicate the feelings at the time.

Mum and Dad lived in Cambridge Gardens, a small cul-de-sac off the Great Cambridge Road on the White Hart Lane council estate in Tottenham. Dad was a cabinet maker, but like many in his trade, was experiencing periods of unemployment before the war due to mass production methods. There were four children, the youngest Ernest, nicknamed Boy, who was eleven in September 1939, followed by Joan (12), Doris (15) and myself Tom (17). I was a solicitor's junior clerk and had joined the Territorial Army in 1939, enlisting in the 2/7th Middlesex Regiment at Homsey Drill Hall. My father had served in the 1/7th during the Great War, 1914-1918. I was mobilised on 1 September and we took over Trinity Road School in Wood Green. In December all those under the age of eighteen were posted to an Anti-Aircraft Regiment. I finished the war however with the Royal Artillery on 25 pounders...

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound

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