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Bailey-Taynton family's war

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Yvonne Bailey-Taynton, the contributor's mother, was in the Land Army. Her father, Charles Bailey-Taynton, was in Egypt during World War 2 but never spoke about his experiences. Patricia was born in 1941 and was evacuated to Oldham and Wales because the family home in Lambeth was bombed. Her Aunty Joan went to Wales to work in a munitions factory. Patricia didn't see her father until she was three years old.

Patricia's father, Charles, was a docker and had seen spiders in the banana cargoes. At the end of the war, Patricia remembered seeing tangerines wrapped in tissue paper, which they used as toilet paper. Patricia's husband, Terence Heath, also lived in Lambeth during the war and remembers chickens, pigs, and rabbits being kept there.


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Patricia Heath, Yvonne Bailey-Taynton, Charles Bailey-Taynton, Aunty June and Terence Heath

Person who shared the story/items

Patricia Heath

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Parents, niece and husband

Type of submission

Shared at West Meads Community Hall, West Sussex on 11 November 2023. The event was organised by Bognor Regis u3a.

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105230 | BOG006