A war-time childhood

By Ross Gazette reporter   |   Reporter   |
Friday 11th May 2018 7:00 am
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SWS stalwarts in their Home Guard Uniform outside the stores at the rear of Millbrook House – Alan Wreford, Barbara’s father, AS Woodroffe and Ben Willis.

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Barbara Freeman, who shared some of her memories of Ross during WWII recently, has several pictures she wants to share with Ross Gazette readers.

Barbara attended Monmouth Girls School while her friend Marion Willavoys, neé Preston attended Ross Grammar School.

Barbara was a school girl when Marion became secretary to her father at the SWS. They became friends and after a gap of 60 years are regularly in touch.

They remember tea-breaks on the lawn at Millbrook House in Brookend Street with members of staff joining the family. Barbara also remembers her father talking about training exercises with the Home Guard on Tank Meadow.

Barbara, who now lives in Stourbridge remembers fondly many of the evacuees who stayed with her family. She stayed in touch with many of them for the rest of their lives.

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