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From: "Thelma Cudmore" <>
Subject: Re: [CON] WB Meeting
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 08:53:47 -0700
Dear Hazel & List,
My mom still talks about the penciled line up her colored legs. I have a
few ration cards that were saved. Mom tells the story of me getting into
the catsup while she was hanging clothes on the line. I ate it all up, then
asked for more!
My Aunt Josephine was a war bride from London. She used to tell of dodging
bullets from aircraft while trying to get her clothes of the line. Sadly,
she passed away some 10 years ago, but such a wonderful lady. I loved her
I still have my Cockney Aunt Margaret though. We had so much fun when she
used to visit. She isn't able to travel anymore now. I'm going to take
your advice and call her for her memories. Thanks for the reminder.
Thelma Lawson Cudmore
2nd Generation Cornish American
C.I.P., Californaia Cornish Cousins, CAHS
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----- Original Message -----
From: "hlmw1" <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 7:50 PM
Subject: [CON] WB Meeting
> Hi all!
> I attended the War Brides' meeting today. We are fewer in number month
> by month due to age and its inevitable incapacities. We voted to make
> those who can no longer attend the meetings 'Honorary Members". Rather
> sad, really.
> It brings to the fore the fact that time is running out in terms of
> getting first-hand information from the women who married servicemen
> from various countries during WWII.
> "Whither thou goest, I will go." That is what they did. They followed
> their husbands to unknown lands, some with great happiness and success
> others to disappointment and failure.
> I must ask the question: have you talked to your War Bride Mum or her
> husband about their experiences? Have you written them down? Have you
> asked what ship she came on and when? What the journey was like? Where
> she came to? Who met her ... and on and on.
> If not, please do it now - and write it down for 'your' posterity.
> Some might ask, "Does it matter?" Yes, it does, because it is a time
> that will go down in history, never to be repeated. Never again will
> women marry young men from all over the world in such great numbers nor
> will so many become part of the great exoduses that took place following
> the war.
> Another reason I advocate getting the information from the living is
> that there is so much 'garbage' being floated around about WWII. For
> instance: I watched part of a TV movie last week in which a supposed
> WWII American soldier said,"Cool" when being shown a captured German
> flag. There was only one meaning for cool in the 1940s and that was 'of
> low temperature' or 'not warm to the touch'.
> I am getting preachy so will close with a bit of 'real' trivia. At
> times we wore wooden-soled shoes during the war. I had a pair of red
> sandals and a pair of brown suede ankle boots that cost less ration
> coupons than shoes that were all leather.
> Thanks for the reminder Pam of the coloured legs with the pencilled seam
> up the back to resemble stockings. I mentioned that at War Brides today
> and they chorused:"Yes and it washed off in the rain!"
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