Posted: 22/09/2012 at 19:20
Dear Frank - you have brought genuine tears to my eyes. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and problems you had to face. And then there are some, of an unforgiving disposition, who have, in the past (old Beeb days), railed against any mention of the war. Shame on them - and hats off to you for being so stoic and refusing to be cowed!
Your memories ought to be in a book. You ought to flesh out the stories that you have told us (for which I am grateful). When "the last bugle sounds" the memories will be filtered through other people's interpretations. We need people like you to make it real for us.
I was born in 1949 so the war was close, but very much second hand. Your experiences are so poignant. I cannot begin to imagine the feelings of being abandoned - and at the same time, my heart goes out to your parents who were trying to do the best for you, and were probably in pieces as they drove away.
War is more than battles and bravery at the front. It affects so many in so many different ways. We would all do well to be reminded of that from time to time - glorious it isn't. Imo.