Girls are less trouble, Mrs Smith told Fred

ROUSER recalls 15 years ago interviewing one 
Mr Fred Davies about his time in Lewes during 
the war. Fred came to Lewes as a an eight-year-old evacuee in 1939 and clearly recalled being walked around the town by school helpers in search of accommodation.

Finally he, and another weary lad, ended up outside a Talbot Terrace home where a Mrs Smith came out and said she would have preffered girls as they were less trouble.

‘Despite this, she took us in and we spent two happy years with her and her husband, a stonemason,’ said Fred.

‘My schooling was, 
with many others, interrupted by numerous air raids - and several moves, from the British school in Lancaster Street to St John’s Parish Room in Talbot Terrace to Mountfield Road School and, finally, to Lewes Old Grammar School.

‘I made it through the bombing of Lewes in 1943 with cuts to my face and hands from flying glass when a German plane, whose pilot I could clearly see, jettisoned his bombs very close to me. Several houses in St Martins Lane were demolished in the attack.’

Fred later joined the Army Cadets but left because he preferred the Air Training Corps uniform!