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V ADAMCIK B ALLEN D ANDREWS H ANDREWS
IRENE BAILEY J BRAY J CALLENDAR
MRS CERMAK J CHAPMAN H CHILDS
D DURRANT R ELSTOB A FEDORCIO R FIELD
G FRANCIS J JAMES S KNIGHT J LARKIN
A MARCANIK C MERCER R PARKINSON A PERRIE
C & M PRITCHARD V PURKISS D REARDON K STANLEY
L WADE T WARREN A WHITCOMB P WHITFIELD
When I first came her, it would be very difficult to remember, it was about 62 years ago. My daughter wasn’t born here and she’s 66 or something like that, she was born as soon as I arrived and we’d been first in Holland , we come back to Cambridge . When the war started and Bata had the connections with these people where they would send them and so we came from Cambridge to East Tilbury. My husband had contact with Bata’s before we came here he was Charge Accountant.
It was like a holiday camp everyone like it, there was only two roads and I couldn’t speak English because in Czechoslovakia I had been prepared in Czech everyone must have two languages as German is normal but we were supposed to go to French Africa so I had learnt French but instead we were sent to Holland to Bata send us, don’t take nothing too big so I just pack up a few things and to Holland. I had nice weather so I thought it was tropical, so different from Czech country and it was very cold in the hotel. I wasn’t working, I was freezing and I left my lovely warm coat lining of fur, nearly new, and I was freezing because I never took it, I thought I would be warm in another country.
But we had a very happy time, we settled in, and we had a group of friends and we played tennis. I played golf afterwards, and I finished with ten pin bowling. I did like it all, tennis because it was very near and very free so fits in with gardening and laundry, camping , counting yes it was all very enjoyable. The tennis court all the time was empty nobody had interest as we ladies and couple of men, no charge it was very good, so Czech it was expensive to play.
MRS CERMAK
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