1947

 

1947 Mike somewhere between 2 parents
1947 Mike somewhere between 2 parents

 

1947 January, coldest winter for 3 centuries
1947 January, coldest winter for 3 centuries
1947 on the beach
1947 on the beach

 

1947 on the beach
1947 on the beach

 

1947 on the beach
1947 on the beach

 

1947 on the beach
1947 on the beach

 

1947 at the Canoe Lake, Southsea
1947 at the Canoe Lake, Southsea

 

1947 at the Canoe Lake
1947 at the Canoe Lake

 

1947 at the Canoe Lake
1947 at the Canoe Lake

 

On holiday at Appledore
On holiday at Appledore

 

On holiday at Appledore
On holiday at Appledore

 

1947 Appledore
1947 Appledore

 

Holiday at Appledore
Holiday at Appledore

 

At Aunt Gwen's house
At Aunt Gwen’s house

My parents were divorced after the war

My mother was given custody of me after the divorce. But my father protested. and the matter went to the courts. He had to show he had a  job, a place to live and someone to look after me.

Those matters were resolved in 1948, in the meantime I stayed with ‘Aunt’ Gwen at Cowplain, while my father waited to leave the RN.

He was living in barracks and would come over to see me most days. i distinctly remember having and Aunty Gwen wash, which meant sitting on the kitchen table and being vigorously  scrubbed clean with a flannel  and soap from a  bowl of hot water

1947 Aunty Gwen
1947 Aunty Gwen

These were the best and kindest people in the world and we would often refer to an Aunty Gwen wash over the years when I needed a good clean up.

 

A life less ordinary