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Brenda Ward

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Kathleen Deary

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Kathleen was born in the village of Ingham in 1924.

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Her family moved to the new council houses in Hickling when she was two years old. She recalls her mother’s heavy domestic work, lighting fires under the copper for baking and washing days.

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Kathleen learnt to shoot, though only tin cans and rats. 

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Some of her war memories are of hiding under the table when Doodlebugs past over, sleeping under the bed as a safety option, and when cycling with shaded bicycle lamps was obligatory.

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She remembers flooding at Whiteslea Lodge caused the Duke of Edinburgh who was staying at the Lodge, to decamp to the Game Keeper’s cottage, and her mother cooking meals for him.