Joan Zilva

Text Box: An  account of a 14 year old’s WW2 overseas evacuation based on her letters home



Chapter Four Part 2

Text Box: “Auntie” Lucy was an honorary aunt - a college friend of my mother’s, and teacher. Auntie Muriel was a real aunt and Adrian’s mother.

I really don’t know what the relevance of this bit of my gross ignorance was!
Text Box: Memories of wartime London, with bunkers, gun emplacements and Emergency Water Supplies (EWS) to deal with incendiary bombs. All park railings had been taken for “making guns and tanks.”
Text Box: This is mixture of real aunts (Aunties Jan and Muriel) and another honorary one (“Auntie” Kathleen), who was also at Cambridge with my mother.  I don’t seem to have been forgotten yet.
“The Mount” was the home of my Aunt Goldie (my father’s sister) and Uncle Wechsler (for some reason always known by his surname: I think his first name  was Marcus).  They must have moved for some reason.  They may have been bombed.
Text Box: My father was obsessional about time and we always arrived for appointments very early.  When he was lecturing in Cambridge late morning we arrived on the outskirts before breakfast - complete with tin helmets (actually we hadn’t got them yet and used metal chamber pots - rather too thin!) and gas masks. 
Text Box: The Greeks drove the Italians off their soil on September 21st,1940.  I’m not sure about Egypt.
Text Box: Mrs Cook was my friend Heather’s mother - a chatterbox and not very bright.
Text Box: Yes, he might!  At least one mark.
Text Box: I don’t think that this generous offer was taken up.  I got occasional American dollars from a friend of my aunt in the USA.  The exchange rate was then one American dollar to one Canadian dollar ten cents.  We bought milkshakes on the profit.

Buster was my aunt and uncle-from-The-Mount’s dog and suggests that they were staying with my parents.  The other references escape me.
Text Box: The very fledgling skier. 
Text Box: “The Mount” my aunt and uncle’s place was at Shortlands. We usually spent Christmas there before the war.