WWII Memories
Personal Histories of World War Two

North Ferriby in World War II (Memoir 1)

This is a record of an interview with a lady from North Ferriby who was interviewed in December 2001.

Interview with Mrs. Marigold Vodden

I was 12 when the war started.

My father was too old to fight, because he had been a gunner in the first war.

He had a paint factory in Hull and supplied the army, so he had to keep working.

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Dennis never got over losing all those friends.
Mrs. Marigold Vodden

A paint factory was a very dangerous thing to have in the war because paint is highly inflammable.

At night he was an inspector for the special police.

My mother did all the cooking, she was in the WVS and she was an air-raid warden.

We were going to be evacuated to Canada.

My eldest sister was too old to go because she was 14, but I was to go and take my younger brother and younger sister.

My parents had got in touch with my Uncle Maurice in Canada.

He was a gold miner who lived in a mining camp.

He said we were to go there and we were all set to go and I don't think I realised how, it just seemed to be exciting.

Then there was a ship taking a lot of children out to Canada and the States and it was torpedoed and a lot of the children were drowned, so I didn't go.

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I was here in Ferriby when the war started.

When the war started the school tried to evacuate, but hardly anyone went with us, so the school closed.

Rather hard luck on us.

I was frightened when I heard war had broken out.

It was a beautiful sunny day and I couldn't believe it, because you thought the planes would come over straight away.

Somebody I was at school with, her brother was in the airforce.

He was called "Dinghy" Young, because he bailed out and was rescued so many times, but finally he was killed.

A chap called Wright was kept prisoner and they had a house up Station Road, where there is now a great big bungalow, it used to be a large house.

He was taken prisoner by the Japanese and had a very hard time, he was never the same man again.

People told you that people had died.

It was upsetting and made you anxious.

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My husband, Dennis, had wounds.

He was in the reconnaissance regiment, so they had to be in front, to see if it was safe for the regiment to go on.

He spent his 21st birthday sitting on a road near a place called Caen.

The allies got stuck after D-day.

They were fighting up hill and the Germans were on the hard ground.

They had to get out or the whole thing would have been a waste.

My husband and his team were all sitting in dug outs along a road, and he thought about his birthday and wondered if he would have another.

He did, but all his friends were killed, which is why he remembered this incident.

The fighting was so awful that his 8 friends were buried in 7 different cemeteries, because it was such chaos, although they had all been killed close together.

Dennis never got over losing all those friends.

Ferriby had just a few incendiary bombs (bombs that set things on fire).

Mostly they dropped them on Ferriby if they had any left after coming back from Hull.

Sometimes they were trying to hit the airfield in Brough.

I went to a boarding school, which often took two days to get there by train, because we had to cross London and sometimes there was a raid and the trains had to wait in the tunnels until all was clear.

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