Adolf's bombs and Cherry Tree Hill School

Adolf's bombs and Cherry Tree Hill School I was five years old when war broke out in 1939. I remember it well. I sat in an armchair opposite my parents listening to the Sunday morning broadcast by the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. In his thin reedy voice, he declared war on Germany. My father, having once served as a regular soldier in the Royal Marines, shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘Well, I shall have to go. I’m in the first reserve.’ Later having served a year in France fighting the Germans, he came to be rescued from the Dunkirk beaches, one of 330,000 men. Shortly before this I was one of the first 50 children to be admitted to the new Cherry Tree Hill Junior school in Chaddes

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