John Sawyer (b. 1914) Biographical Entry

John Sawyer. One man in his time… (Or – “The first sixty years” ) (An autobiography). 38,000 words. Born in 1914 at Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Some memories of World war I, ie. Gas powered buses, an uncle on leave. Father was manager of one of a chain of grocery and provision stores. Descriptions of neighbours Moved to Ramsey in the Fens when he was 8. -sanitary arrangements, ie. Night soil collection. -Schooling -Church choir. -Cinema -Boy scouts -Armistice day services. Work – clerk in solicitor’s office, Ramsey Social life – girl friends – playing in a band – dances. Moved to solicitor’s office, Nottingham. Describes social life. World war II. Drafted into army. Basic Training. Clerk at Prestatyn, North Wales, then London. Describes duties, billets, social life. Air raids. VE day. Married in 1946. Lived in Richomond, London. Ill with TB. Worked for oil company. Descriptions of learning to drive, living and working in London. Visits to Halland, Brussels, Austria. Visits to Ramsey again after 30 years. Mentions illnesses, accidents. Made redundant. Retirement. Moved to Bideford, Devon, then to Westward Ho, Devon.

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