Excerpts from Interviews with Betty Franks (nee England).
03/05/08 and 20/06/08
interviews were conducted by John Millington
born in 1924 at Tickhill Station where her father Charles
England was Station Master.
father had charge of both Tickhill and Maltby Stations and also
the signal boxes as far as Kirk Sandal
to a small private school in Tickhill run by Miss Goodwin.
There she had a broad general education, including some French.
evenings, the family listened to the radio which was powered by
an accumulator ( a bulky and heavy rechargeable battery). The
family had two accumulators, these were used in turn and
recharged weekly at Priestley’s Garage. Listening time was
therefore limited and Betty’s father decided what was to be
shopping at Jarvis’s which was a “lovely shop, very refined”
with Crawford’s biscuits on display and a musical box playing at
Christmas time. There were three butchers in Tickhill.
In the New
Year of 1940, two months before her sixteenth birthday Betty
started work in the South Yorkshire Office of British Railways.
On reaching the age of 16 she was paid £1 a week, which she gave
to her mother.
war, Betty remembers …. one weekend, when relatives from
Deepcar were visiting, Sheffield “went up”. There was an air
raid. Betty remembers standing at the door with her father
seeing a red glow in the night sky. Sheffield was aflame as the
Luftwaffe were trying to put the steel works out of action.
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