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Veteran recalls wartime Isle of Wight memories

Thu 14 Jul 2011

Veteran recalls wartime Isle of Wight memories

A veteran has spoken out of his memories of World War II, including about some of the time he spent on the Isle of Wight.

Maurice Ayling decided to share his thoughts after his grandchildren - who are now in their 30s and 40s - began to show more of an interest in his long career.

Speaking to the Chichester Observer, he stated he can recall being asked to fill sandbags on the banks of the Rother, located under Easebourne water mill, on free afternoons from school.

Just a few weeks later, Mr Ayling was signing up to join the Royal Navy, although his starting date was delayed due to contracting measles.

"I reported to HMS Medina, erstwhile Puckpool Park holiday camp near Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, a satellite of Portsmouth barracks," he said.

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays can now visit Puckpool Park, which boasts attractions such as tennis courts, putting greens and beautiful gardens. 

Posted by Carla WinterADNFCR-3083-ID-800621572-ADNFCR

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