Wartime treats

IN 1944/45 there was a prison camp in Huntingdon where St Peter s School is now. I can remember the Spring Common footpath near the camp where the guards (Americans, I think) used to sit in the doorways to clean their shoes, etc. We used to call out Got

IN 1944/45 there was a prison camp in Huntingdon where St Peter's School is now. I can remember the Spring Common footpath near the camp where the guards (Americans, I think) used to sit in the doorways to clean their shoes, etc.

We used to call out "Got any gum, chum" and they used to throw us chewing gum or, joy of joys to five and six-year-old boys, chocolate.

There was a POW camp in Rusts Lane, Alconbury. My dad had a butcher's shop in the village. I can remember the POW butcher coming to the shop to cut up the meat for the camp. The name of the camp butcher was Hans something, and he became a big businessman (butchery) in London after the war. When the meat was ready we would take it to the camp.

I remember being given a cup of tea with lots of sugar, and also a big wedge of cake with pink icing (the first I'd ever had). That was a real treat, as sugar was still rationed for us. It didn't take much to give us small boys a treat in those days.


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