Dorothy Stanley

Recollections of wartime in Temple Ewell.

Moving to Temple Ewell

Prior to the outbreak of war, Dorothy was living with her family near Dover Priory Railway Station. Realising the possible dangers of war living in Dover, the family were eager to relocate. On Saturday 2 September, Dorothy’s father heard that a property was available for rent in Temple Ewell and Dorothy and her brother were sent to investigate. Returning from Temple Ewell ‘ we met our parents walking down the garden from the trench (pre air raid shelter) and reported that the house was ideal. Dad then phoned a friend who owned a local transport firm, and later that afternoon a lorry arrived to transport the furniture etc., to commence life in our new home’. The family eventually purchased the house and remained for the duration of the war.

An 'informal guard room'

Parts of the Hampshire Regiment were posted near the family’s home in Temple Ewell and the family’s kitchen soon became an ‘ informal guard room’. Dorothy recalls, ‘we provided cocoa in the mornings, tea in the afternoon, & in the evening, hot drinks with games of cards & word games. At Christmas, several of the Regt. spent the afternoon & evening with our Family, we made it as Christmassy as possible. As thanks, they presented a silver plated cake stand with the Hampshire Regt. crest engraved & a card signed by all’.

Shelling from France

When Dorothy was called up she joined the NAAFI at Connaught Barracks. Although little damage was caused by bombs in the area, Dorothy recalls that ‘one evening we were having supper when the first shells arrived in Temple Ewell – the Germans were shelling from France, we removed pictures and mirrors, also opening windows to lessen the blast, with shells exploding in the air the noise was terrible. Some people living on the lower road called to see if we were all right, as they thought the house had taken a hit. As soon as it was light we walked in the woods picking up pieces of shell’.

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