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Brief story of father and grandfather at start of WW2 as told to contributor

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At the outbreak of war in September 1939, my grandfather, aged 34 yrs, was working as a railway signalman in Croydon.

My father was at a birthday party in Oxted, Surrey, when on the wireless at 6.00pm, came the news "Britain is at war with Germany"

Dad and Mum never went home to Croydon. They travelled by train to Kent, to his grandparents' farm.

Grandpa worked throughout the blitz in one of the mainline signal boxes, then later was able to move, to work at the local village station.


Person the story/items relate to

Actual names of father and grandfather not given (Beaumont is the family name)

Person who shared the story/items

Andy Beaumont

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Parents and grandparents

Type of submission

Shared at Bicester Library, Oxfordshire on 25 November 2023. The event was organised by Bicester Local History Society.

Record ID

119518 | BIC004