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Hit hard by big freeze of 1947; VOICE OF THE NORTH.

I RECALL the "big freeze" of 1947 as I was in the Army at that time - the Royal Engineers in the large camp above Ripon in North Yorkshire.

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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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 21, 2010
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