Hit hard by big freeze of 1947; VOICE OF THE NORTH.
I had not been long there when the winter struck. The supply of coal petered out and we were ordered in our billets to lay our blankets on the floor and sleep in threes to keep warm.
The cast iron radiators were all broken by the frost, although this should never have happened, especially not in a camp of Royal Engineers, with myself a billet orderly and no one giving me any authority to drain the radiators which would have preserved them.
It was after the thaw set in that the officer on duty was going around looking casually at the radiators and marking them as workable. The lowly billet orderly had seen that all those radiators was useless and I, only a ranking driver, not a sapper, was taken no notice of. R LEWIS, Birtley, Gateshead
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jan 21, 2010|
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