Wartime account of Canadian allies running amok

Archive Notes:

Christine Jackson (nee Tombs)'s account of Canadian soldiers running amok during the Second World War.

There is a conflicting account from Marion Wheeler in 'Tales from the Village Folk' by Margaret Axford. Marion can remember the Canadian soldiers that were camped on the land now occupied by the Garden Centre and the Smallholding. When they left to go to France, the American servicemen arrived. People in the village used to do their washing for them in return for a few extra rations as the Americans always seemed to be able to get plenty of food. The pubs did a roaring trade while they were here, until they drunk them dry of Whisky. Some of the Wheatley girls married American soldiers.

 

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