Alan and Graham: Family Goodbyes (July 1940)


Figure 1.-- Here I am posing with Paddy, my cousin's dog--a wonderful airdale. We didn't have a dog, but both Graham and I wanted one. It was taken when we said goodbye to my Grandparents (father's mother and father) before evacuation. This snapshot was taken some time in July. I am wearing my Sunday best

Graham and I, as a result of our age, did not have a good idea of what was happening. We did not understand that a German invasion was quite possible and what that would mean. Nor did we understand that we were being evacuated because the War situalation had turned so dreadfully against Britain. Our parents of course understod this. And I understand now that there was a very real possibility that we might never see one another again. As a result, they wanted our grand parents to see us before we left. We of course did not understand this. For us evacuation was just a great lark with the attractive possibility of possibly sighting dome cowboys and Indians. Here I am posing with Paddy, my cousin's dog--a wonderful airdale (figure 1). We didn't have a dog, but both Graham and I wanted one. It was taken when we said goodbye to my Grandparents (father's mother and father) before evacuation. This snapshot was taken some time in July. I am wearing my Sunday best suit.







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