Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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[1] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1922 to 1930

1916 George Whitehead in army uniform.

The bridegroom had been in the Army in WW1, serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer over in France. The bride was the second daughter of Rev. John Haydon and Elizabeth, his wife (nee Batchelor). My story begins at my date of birth…

[2] Christine Reason: real life story, the years 1931 to 1935

1933 Christine Reason aged 3 sunbathing.

Continuing my real life story, some time in 1934, my parents and I moved to Woodford Green, and my father purchased a house there at 47 Parkland Road. I think that the price paid was £700. Whether he ever re-couped this amount, I cannot say, as we only lived there for approximately five years to the outbreak of WW2, and we never lived all together in our own house again…

[3] Christine Reason: real life toddler story 1935 to 1937

Christine with some friends 1935 birthday party.

Continuing my real life toddler story, there used to be a man selling sweets from a barrow outside the school, and I used to look enviously at some of the children who were allowed to purchase the Sherbet Dips, Liquorice Whirls and boiled sweets (all unwrapped)…

[4] Christine Reason: pre-war story 1936 to 1938

1936 George, Winifred & Christine Whitehead.

In my pre-war story, my mother and I often used to walk to the railway station at Woodford to meet my father off the train in the early evening.
I remember all the men (hardly any women) alighting on to the platform wearing their bowler or trilby hats, and carrying rolled up umbrellas and briefcases…

[5] Christine Reason: real life story 1939

Christine's portrait on a Christmas greetings card.

Yes this was my real life story 1939. A few weeks before the outbreak of hostilities during the summer holidays, my Mother and I left London, never to return, and travelled to Buckinghamshire to stay with my Haydon grandparents, and so that I could be a bridesmaid for my Aunt Edna’s Wedding to Robert Brown on 3 September 1939…

[6] Christine Reason: real life story 1939 to 1940

1940 Arch and Rene Ellis with Christine.

In my real life story, after the September 1939 wedding, we did not return to Woodford, supposedly because of the threat of the German Luftwaffe bombing London, and I was sent down to Rye in Sussex to live with my Aunt Rene and Uncle Arch by myself.
They were childless at this time…

[7] Christine Reason: real life story 1940 to 1941

1941 Naphill Bucks 5 children from the Whitehead family side.

Continuing my real life story 1940, during the Spring of that year, because of the air battles over the Channel and the threat of invasion by the Germans, as France had fallen to the enemy quite quickly, it was thought expedient to send me back to my grandparents in Bucks…

[8] Christine Reason: real life story 1941 to 1942

1941 Grandma Haydon with baby Andrew Brown.

Continuing my real life story 1941 I went in for the Scholarship exam, but failed it, so I sat for an Entrance exam to attend the High School for girls at High Wycombe, and passed, so I was able to go there, paying a fee of £5.00 per term…

[9] Christine Reason: real life story 1943 to 1944

1944 Guide Camp showing 6 guides including Christine & Beryl.

During my real life story 1943 and 1944 American Forces were stationed nearby, and we often used to get several of them attend Sunday services.
Occasionally, my Grandparents invited them home to Sunday lunch.
They were charming men and often very homesick for their loved ones back in the States…

[10] Christine Reason: real life story 1944 to 1945

1946 The cast of Alice in Wonderland - Christine as the White Rabbit.

In my real life story 1944 my faith was severely tested eighteen months later when my Mother, who had been ailing some time, died of breast cancer, aged 51 years…