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Uncle Charles Memoirs

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My Uncle

Charles William Nicholson


Compiled by Kevin Snowdon


After Christmas I was informed by letter that I had to report to Fenham Barracks, Fenham road Newcastle-upon-Tyne. To have a Medical Examination. On Monday the 15th of January at 9am.

These Barracks were the home of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Then arrived the fateful day a miserable, damp, cold Winter day. The worst Winter we had had for years. After kissing mother good-bye I caught the Electric Train from the Percy Main Railway Station to Newcastle, fare 9 pence return (the same fare now costs 2 pounds return 1993), then the Tramcar to the Barracks. That year 1940, was one of the worst Winters for many years.


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My sincere thanks to Kevin for giving me permission to add his uncles memoirs. Kevin is a well respected FEPOW Family researcher and admin of the FEPOW Family Facebook Group

Also my greatest respect for the children of Charles by allowing Kevin to quote from their father’s memoirs.


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