John

John was born in April 1929 and went first to the Foundling Hospital School in Redhill and the next year, moved with the rest of the children to the new school at Berkhamsted.  He joined the army on leaving school and then went into bookmaking. He now lives in Surrey with his wife.

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Audio Transcript

“And he was 14 and when she was-- and she was 15 and... and that was when it was done... And of course then things weren't as they should be and, you know, they sent my mother away to Salisbury to be looked after in a... unmarried mothers' home.... my grandfather said that that had to happen because her mother, my my mother's mother, had died in 1926. There was no-one at home to look after her as well because they had a small-holding where they were living and they needed all hands to the pump sort of thing and no-one was there to help look after my mum and me. So she was sent away to Salisbury and to the Diocese of Salisbury. And then she met someone there who suggested to get in touch with the school. And then from then on that's how I became from there to the school.  And this is the letter that I got which says... thanking the school for taking me in... She went back to... a place in... run by ...not nuns, but... monks or something like that, in Salisbury, and there she was-- worked there, in the washroom or whatever like that, washing, and she contracted TB and she died. 18 years old.”