A Lewes Lad’s Life

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A Lewes Lad’s Life in The Thirties and Forties and World War II 

1929 to 1950 – Black and White


I first thought that I would write this account to give, to those who hadn’t experienced life in the 30s and 40s, an insight of what life had been like in Lewes during the decades 1929 to 1949. The first takes the reader from the day I was born to the outbreak of the second war in 1939 and the second through the six war years and the following four years of change.

It is not an autobiography and I only mention real names when I have something relevant to say or if it is significant, however, everything in this story is as I saw it happen, remember it, and my thoughts. I recognise that, having never kept a diary, readers may detect errors of dates and location but I hope they will bear with me. My views on many things have changed over the following years but this is how I saw things and what I believed then.

Many years ago my granddaughter was about seven she was watching an old film on the television with us and she suddenly asked “what was the world like when it was black and white”. We explained that the world was always full of colour but realised that in some ways the early days of our lives up to the years immediately before and after the war was the way we lived, our views, expectations and the ways of the world seemed set down in black and white, hence the title of the first and second decades of my life. This is not an instalment of a future autobiography but memories in some chronological order and the various aspects of my life.

I hope that, although it is no great example of writing, it won’t be accorded the description “this is the sort of book that once you have put it down you can’t pick it up”.

I have listed all the titles and chapters so that readers can “cherry pick” to bits that may be of particular interest to them.


This story is presented in two sections:

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