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TONY ROSS, Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada

I was born in Aug 1942 in South Harting, and my mother and I went to stay in Petworth a short time after. She often told me the story of the bombing of the boys school. She said that we lived across the road from the school and that she had me in the lavatory at the time of the bombing. when she emerged all the windows of the house had been blown in, frames and all. I remember a visit that we had to Petworth after the war and can still remember what was left of the school. I also remember going into the laundry next door with my uncle, (he was only about 11 then) the roof was gone and inside things were in disarray.
Second email - 12 June 2008
Thank you for your quick reply.
We lived at 2 Mead Cottages in S Harting. I have attached two pictures one of my Grandmother, Mother, younger sister, and myself that was taken on the front steps of our house in S. Harting in the summer of 1945, and another without my Grandmother. They are rather scratched but everyone is recognizable.
I am presently living in the town of Amherstburg, in the province of Ontario. The town is located about 20 km south of Windsor, Ontario. We emigrated to Canada in September of 1948.
The visit to Petworth shortly after the war and some of my memories of S Harting are as vivid to me today as if they only happened yesterday. My Grandfather was the local chimney sweep in S Harting, His name was Ernest Norris. Don't ask about the time the local constables son, Micheal Finn and I got into soot from his chimney sweeping.LOL
If there is anything else you would like to know please don't hesitate to ask. I have many other personal memories of my time in S. Harting.
Tony Ross

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