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from:Aldeburgh, SuffolkMy home was Aldeburgh, Suffolk. I was about six when Canadian military suddenly appeared in our small, sleepy fishing town; they were accommodated over a garage next to my Grandfather's bakery in the High Street. On the floor of a loft were straw mattresses. Every morning, for maybe a week, my sister and I would climb the wooden steps to the loft and say hello to these 'exotic soldiers'. We had never heard the accent before, we had never seen a black man. Great excitement! We were given sticks of gum, the likes of which we had never seen - no sugar coating, and some tasting of cinnamon. The men were very friendly, and talked of their 'kids' at home. Strangely we never questioned the reason for their presence. One day we mounted the steps as usual; it was very quiet, we opened the door and - nothing. It was as though they had never been there except for the smell of and the odd wisp of straw. I often wonder how many of those men made it home to their own children.
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