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Vince (aka Paul) Dale: memories of Ashenbank Camp

I was born in Ealing Hospital on the 6th November 1942, during the blitz, I was too young to remember it but we were bombed out and had to move. My first memory is of being four years old (1946) … Continue reading

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Tony Austin: “Thong Lane all my life”

I have lived in three of the four Cheney’s Cottages in Thong Lane all my life, they were originally built for Darnley Estate workers and later rented to workers at Cheney’s Farm. I originally lived in one of the cottages … Continue reading

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Ray Clarke: memories of Shorne Woods

Ray Clarke remembers living in Shorne during WWII I was born at no. 12 Homewood Cottages on Shorne Ridgeway and was still living there during the war years. Living where I did, I used Tanyard Hill to get to Shorne … Continue reading

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Village life in wartime Cobham

The BFI have a given access to an amateur film made in Cobham, Kent in 1944. “You’d never know there was a war on in sleepy Cobham until you see the soldiers – otherwise life goes on at a slow … Continue reading

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Betty Grayland: memories of Shorne Woods

Betty Grayland remembers growing up in Shorne Woods, Kent Early days I was six weeks old in 1928 when we moved to Shorne, my father, Albert Swaisland, worked for the village baker and we lived on the premises, the bakery … Continue reading

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