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posted on 2024-06-05, 17:19 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My father was in Algiers and he took a commanding officer's daughter to a hillside overlooking the town, reading her poetry. He was reprimanded and she was sent elsewhere!

He mentioned that a red-headed Welshman of his company in North Africa was seen disappearing on a camel, never to be seen again. Maybe there are some red-headed Bedouin around?

He was stationed on the Gothic Line in Rimini, where he met my mother, by leaving a book in the bar where she was working - returning to reclaim it and asking her out. They married in 1946.

He was an interpreter, speaking Italian, French, German - he befriended a German POW, they kept in touch and the families are still in touch.


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Arthur "Kenneth" Bromley

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Peter and Alison Bromley

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

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120334 | BIC018