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[6] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1939 to 1940

[6] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1939 to 1940

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, so were asked to take in a […]

[5] Christine Reason: My story, the year 1939

[5] Christine Reason: My story, the year 1939

This idyllic childhood came to an end on 3rd September 1939, when war was declared against Germany. 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 […]

[4] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1936 to 1938

[4] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1936 to 1938

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. One evening, my Father […]

[3] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1935 to 1937

[3] Christine Reason: My story, the years 1935 to 1937

I did enjoy doing Morris Dancing at school. I know we used large white cotton handkerchiefs, but I don’t think we had any bells on our socks! I did make several friends, see photo of us at one of my birthday parties. There used to be a man selling sweets from a barrow outside the […]

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

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

We had a decent sized garden at South Woodford, and as photos show, the summers of 1931-32 were sufficiently warm enough for me to be sitting out on a rug, with not much on! Also during those years, we travelled down to Kent to visit friends there on the beach at Hythe and Dymchurch. The […]

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

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

On the 22 September 1922 a marriage took place between George Whitehead, aged 26 years and Winifred Haydon, aged 27 years, at South Woodford Baptist Church, London. 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 […]