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Ronnie Encell

from:Hunslet, Leeds

In September 1939, I lived in Hunslet and went to Hunslet Moor School. I was evacuated to Lincolnshire by train when I was 7 years old. I remember waiting at the station full of excitement and with my gas mask in a brown cardboard box over my shoulder. My worldly goods were in a very small brown case. We sat in a village hall where all the locals would come and "view "us and choose who they were prepared to take. I was very lucky in that the farmer and his wife who chose me also took my best friend and we were taken to a very large farmhouse. All went well for the first few weeks and we had the time of our lives living on a farm with 3 dogs, various animals and going shooting rabbits with the farmer in his car. They also had a bannister which was heaven for sliding down. Unfortunately, the farmers wife was taken ill - I suspect it could have been due to us two city urchins running amok. This meant that we had to move to other farms and we were split up.

I was taken to a farm in Osgodby and the farmer and his wife had two daughters but wanted a son. I filled the bill but unfortunately I couldn't settle. My mother and sister came to visit and that was it, I wanted to go home and even though the local butcher offered me as many pies as I wanted and the farmers family wanting me to stay, I was adamant and went home. I remember the Osgodby farm had a pear orchard which I used to walk through when going to school and they also had a shire horse for ploughing which I was scared stiff of as it towered above me and looked more the size of an elephant. The villagers of Osgodby were very kind and I shall always remember their hospitality and kindness.

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