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A Memory of Amport

my dad was born in amport his mother was eliza izzard and married his dad albert john smith , i believe she was from lower bullington andover and her mother from west stratton winchester, i have a few family letters that iv looked up, my dads mum died on christmas day aged 40 his dad died a few years earlier also 40, my dad had three sisters lucy, phyllis. kathleen. and a aunt emm his mums sister looked after them in a lovely old cottage in amport opposite the villiage green. called limberlost i dont know why it was called this strange name oviously they new, the cottage as i remeber as a child being taken down on summer hols had a thatched roof and the back garden was elevated and led into fields out the back we my cousins and i went on many an adventure we came out at some buitifull gardens and a cricket match going on , we would go walking to the big house as i knew it to be called i belive priests went there to train , we would cycle to thruxton my aunt and uncle lived opposite had a small holding my cousins who lived there were sheila and clifford my aunt was kathleen my dad called her tops as she had lost a finger and uncle stan, surname im afraid has gone, opposite the airfield . they lived, on the villiage green in amport we and the adults would play cricket, rounders and be silly in general it was a wonderful place and the sun always seemed to shine and be warm , my dad went into the army and then into eygpt, palestine jerusalem, during the war i did not see my dad untill i was three years old and when i did see him come home from the war i cryed as he wasnt my daddy my daddy was a soldier photo on the wall the war has a lot to answer for. but i soon came round after he produced a doll from his kit bag, hes gone now but today would have been his birthday and he loved andover very much but he came to london looking for work and worked as a greyhound trainer and met my mum and so on. i remember many names as bill guyatt, pete i belive he was the villiage idiot i remeber him he was armless enough walking about talking to himself. my aunt lucy use to live in one of thoes thatched cottages down further going towards the school she use to work ther for years as a cook her name was ritchter her first husband was killed in the war and years later she met horst and they got married both gone now im afraid had a son robert sandeland but unfortunatlyhe got killed a few years back on a motor bike accident. my husband and i are both getting on for 70 but we are going back just for old times sake i do hope it hasnt changed to much love to here of any one knowing of any of these names,the aunt emm mentioned at the top had a husband i believe he was a police man his name was christian haydon borritt

A memory shared by Roger Walker , on Feb 2nd, 2008.

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