Ben Sullivan's Stories
I was born in Stepney in the east End of London.
I lived there until the war broke out and then in 1940 my parents
and the rest of my brothers and sisters moved to Dagenham Essex. I
was then evacuated first to somewhere in Devon (I don't remember for how
long), then to Penzance in Cornwall, where in the middle of the night, I heard
a noise, and laying there as a little kid I was scared stiff, and I heard
somebody quietly calling my name; it was my Dad. He dressed me, and we left
there. As there were no buses or trains, we got a ride in a furniture van
going to London; I was glad to be home.
Then after a short while I was on a train to North Wales
to a place called Mostyn Village, there were kids from my neighborhood
that I knew, I ended up with a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Dennis,
who made me work like a slave at a very young age, some
families only wanted the boys and not the girls just for the purpose to
work. Was I ever glad to leave that place and get home?
When the war ended I went away to boarding school in Surrey,
after leaving school, of course was off to work the same as everyone else.
I was conscripted in the Army at 18 then served in Germany and then of to Korea,
the Korean War was on at that time.
I eventually moved to Canada in 1964 with my wife and
children, where I'm presently living.