John

John was born in December 1926, went to the Foundling Hospital in Redhill in 1932 and moved with the school to Berkhamsted in 1935.  Upon leaving the school, John joined a military band and then the army.  John has a large family of his own, and lives in Essex.

John
John
John

A very big wrench

Audio Transcript

My earliest memories were with my foster mother, living with my foster mother in Kent. And it was a very wonderful part of the country to have been brought up in because it was right in the middle of the garden of England and, I had a very very pleasant time. And in fact when my mother-- my foster mother, took me to the-- the Redhill school, that was a... a very big wrench in my young life and I think it affected me for quite a long time … I didn't realise of course at the time that my-- my foster mother wasn't my real mother, so it was like taking a child from my mo-- from his mother and dumping him in this ancient and quite forbidding place really”