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I Love Mondays: The autobiography of Sir Alec Reed CBE by Judi Bevan, Alec Reed

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CHAPTER 196 Rosemary Avenue

MY FIRST MEMORY is of the day Britain declared war on Germany. On that sunny Sunday morning on 3 September 1939 my parents, my elder brother John and I had come in from the garden to listen to the Prime Minister on an old Bakelite wireless. I was five, yet instinctively I sensed the tension in the room and knew something momentous was happening. I can still remember the sombre tone of Neville Chamberlain’s voice as he said those famous words: ‘As a result, this country is at war with Germany.’ In what seemed like seconds after the broadcast ended, the air raid sirens wailed. It was the most chilling sound I had ever heard.

My mother, along with many others, thought the Gestapo would be marching up the street within ...

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