Videos posted by Stuart Prebble

WARTIME SCHOOLS - DONATED BY THE CANADIANS

WARTIME SCHOOLS - DONATED BY THE CANADIANS

It's not well known that the Canadians donated entire schools for use by London children whose schools had been bombed out. John's grandfather arranged for two of them to be imported to West Ham, and this is what it was like.

Narrow escapes for a WW2 evacuee and his parents

Narrow escapes for a WW2 evacuee and his parents

While John was having a traffic accident involving the only car for miles around, his father narrowly escaped death on a trolleybus and his parents were bombed out of their houses half a dozen times.

A WARTIME EVACUATION STORY WHICH STARTED BADLY BUT ENDED WELL

A WARTIME EVACUATION STORY WHICH STARTED BADLY BUT ENDED WELL

John Stokes was a small boy in West Ham when the bombing started. He reminds us that sometimes evacuation was not happy, and that not all those who took in children were necessarily well intentioned. Fortunately it all turned out OK in the end.

LIFE FOR A SMALL BOY IN GERMANY WHEN THEY LOST THE WAR

LIFE FOR A SMALL BOY IN GERMANY WHEN THEY LOST THE WAR

Raymond had been split up from his brother, who found his way across Germany to be reunited with their mother, only to find that she had been repatatriated to Britain. Raymond had more adventures before being reunited with what was left of his family in 1948.

BEING A 12 YEAR OLD GERMAN BOY WHEN GERMANY WAS DEFEATED

BEING A 12 YEAR OLD GERMAN BOY WHEN GERMANY WAS DEFEATED

Raymond was 12 when the Allied armies invaded Germany. There were reprisals and torture, and his foster father was arrested and beaten. He found himself begging for food from local farmers and then in a prison camp before being reunited with his real father, who lived for only a few months.