Ww2 Memories

A Memory of Abbotsham.

In 1940 a group of children with ages ranging from about eight to eleven were evacuated from Croydon, (then in Surrey) and taken in by the local populace. I (Les Quilter) and John Durr were billeted at Pusehill Farm with George Bellew, where we spent the next eighteen months.
The school in Abbotsham received us and increased the number of pupils attending by quite a number.
I suppose the worst memory I have in school was dental day. An area behind the classroom was used to fill cavities and extract teeth. It was here that I discovered I was allergic to cocaine, (the freezing used in those days. To allow the freezing to take hold we sat in our desks. I felt ill and got up to rush to the toilet. I didn't stop running until I reached it, having disposed of my breakfast en-route. Needless to say the janitor was not impressed.
Right beside the school a field allowed us to participate in football and cricket, so all of my thoughts aren't as dire as the one I have quoted.
I believe one teacher was Miss Kerslake.
I must read other memories, because those eighteen months were very happy.

Added 12 July 2014


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