I'm Gloria Irene Joy but I was a Taylor and prior to that I was a Baldwin. I was born in 1939 but within three months my dad died in the war on Sept 11, 1939. He was among the first to die. He was on the destroyer HMS Vanquisher and they collided with another boat trying to block a U-Boat off Ireland.
I have a brother Brian who was born in 1937. Mum brought us up on her own. She was married to Richard and lived in a little cottage next to what was the Red Cow in Tudeley. When she was told of Richard's death she had no money because he was under 25 and the Royal Navy never gave out any pensions under the age of 25.
She had to give up her little house and go back and live with her mum at the top of Tudeley Lane -- with eight brothers and sisters.
A crowded house ! I think she was there probably for a couple of years as my (step) father Joe Taylor who was only 18 when my dad died went to her and said he would always care for her and look after her and I think five years down the line they got married.