Fortunately they all missed the Palace. This in itself was a victory but when the British Naval boarding party entered the submarine they found something which was far more valuable. It was an Enigma Cipher machine plus all the relevant codebooks relating to it. This was such a massive coup and one that Churchill and many historians estimated could have shortened the length of the war considerably and thereby saving thousands of lives. If you ever get the chance to visit Bletchley Park — especially the ladies, of whom there were many working there intercepting and decoding the hundreds of coded Top Secret messages being received daily - I urge you to do so.
He broke his ankle upon landing in a field. The young lady was Ethel Stuart and she remembers the day well. She had gone out in the morning and upon her return the place was swarming with Police and troops. At first she was refused entry but after she convinced them that she did live in the cottage she was allowed in.
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I know all of this about Ethel for she eventually became my sister-in-law through the fact that the soldier she wrote to was Herbert Hodgson, in other words my eldest brother Bert! People were asked to take fewer baths which went down well with us kids!
The suggestion was that anyone taking a bath should not use more than five inches of water that was about four inches more than we kids used anyway. It was reported that even the King followed these guidelines five inches I mean not the kids measurement.
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It was even suggested that shared baths would be a good idea. Soap rationing meant that one tablet of soap per month was the normal ration unless you were a coal miner who got more. Shaving soap was not rationed but difficult to obtain, as were razor blades. The women had their own problems with shortages of cosmetics. This reduced them to using cooked beetroot juice for lipstick and soot for eye makeup. The new utility cloth allied with a limit on the number of styles available meant fashion was very plain and because due to the shortage of material ladies hemlines were always rising, which bought the colour back to the cheeks of many of the men.
Ladies also suffered another blow when a ban was imposed on using any embroidery on nightclothes and underwear.
The men had no double-breasted coats, no sleeve buttons and no turn-ups on trousers, all part of the rationing programme. Anyone lucky or rich enough, to own a car was only allowed petrol if their journey was essential. Driving for pleasure was banned. This was more than the entire cost of the First World War.
Some time later Richard was sent home on leave and called round to our house, just to tell our parents of his chance encounter with Bert, and as luck would have it, Lily opened the door to have the surprise of her life. I remember the day he came home. Dave was nearly 10 and I was under 8 when Bert had last seen us. I remember he took us swimming the next day to the indoor Public Swimming baths at Ealing. Seeing him standing up on the top diving platform all brown and a picture of health made us feel very proud. Naturally his safe homecoming was such a relief to my parents.
I remember him and Mum hugging and crying and, later in the day, watching Dad cycling home from work and being greeted by Bert at the garden gate. It was, quite naturally, a very happy and emotional time for all of us. As it was a warm sunny day I left the house with suitable clothes for such a day only for Bert to order me back to the house to put on a sweater and a coat.
All my protestations were in vain so somewhat reluctantly I did what I was told and, suitably attired to pass inspection, I climbed onto the pillion seat and off we went from Greenford past Uxbridge heading out to Denham in Buckinghamshire. Later we stopped for a rest and some light refreshments amid the peaceful and welcoming branches of Burnham Beeches before heading back for home. It was then that I, inexperienced in travelling on the pillion seat of a motor bike, had a rude awakening and realised why Bert had ordered me to don the appropriate warm clothing.
The summer sun decided it had had enough for the day and whilst it was somewhat red faced as it gently descended over the horizon, my face was white with the bitter cold as I descended lower down the pillion seat and clung onto Bert for warmth and dear life. Being in the Royal Army Service Corp he gained a lot of mechanical experience working on lorry engines so every evening after work he would use this knowledge to good effect by tinkering with his car endeavouring to rectify any faults and ensure it was road worthy.
Eventually the big day dawned when Bert decided the car was ready for a trial run so once again I was detailed to help. With me at the back pushing like mad Bert would wind down the window of the drivers door put his hand through to steer the car as he also pushed whilst running alongside the car. When sufficient speed was gained he would jump aboard and endeavour to jump start the engine.
After quite a few fruitless attempts Chief mechanic Bert decided the car needed more speed before a jump start would succeed so between us we pushed the car around a couple of streets from ours and halfway up the next road which had quite a steep incline. Was it a success I hear you ask? The majority of pages are undamaged with some creasing or tearing, and pencil underlining of text, but this is minimal.
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