of the U.S. Billeted in Braunstone.
remember when I was a little girl, towards the end of the war
I think it was, an American soldier (I think he was a Colonel) and
his wife moved into the house between my two aunties, on Turnbull
Drive. I remember he was quite a small chubby man, and he was in
full uniform. He and his wife came to both aunties Christmas
parties; one on Christmas Day, and the other on Boxing Day. They
were quiet people, I think they enjoyed experiencing a real English
I seem to remember they kept in touch with
my aunties for quite a long time after they went back to America.
Also, when we were at war, Mrs Lines next
door to us had her nephew Bif, an American soldier who
was stationed in Leicester, stay with them (Ive always supposed
he was on leave). He used to give us children boxes of JellyBeans;
they called All Sweets Candy.
However, these memories are shrouded in
the mists of time. Just when the correct dates were, Im not
sure. So please take this into consideration.
By Joan Le-Butt (neé Ford)
1st March 2003