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Memories of the War - Norman Gravestock

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Norman remembers Italian prisoners of war in Mead Row. Norman used to talk to them and his dad invited them in for tea. They went home quickly from the war. His auntie also used to take people in who were in need. Norman trained as a plumber. Norman recalls a German bomb was shot down in local fields. Norman was at school when the air raids happened and had to run along the road for cover. They never went hungry. His parents used to invite people from different nationalities at Christmas. There was a gathering by the river, hosted by Canadians, and a doodle bug bomb flew overhead but luckily continued on. In his registration visit to Kingston, Norman pleaded to be in the Royal Navy.


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Shared at Godalming Library, Surrey on 22 November 2023.

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