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Julie De'Ath

Julia Mear met Julie De’Ath Lancaster in Honiton, Devon. This is Julie’s story: “I was born in Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, after my father, Arthur De’Ath, went there to work for Rolls Royce. My two brothers and I went to school in Eastwood. Growing up for me was wonderful really. Our mother, a highly intelligent woman was never in a situation to fulfil her dreams or potential. She wanted to make sure that all of us had the opportunities denied her. I started ballet when I was little and I also did violin, ...

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Dr David Allen

Julia Mear met David Allen at his home in Higher Quantock, Stockland, Devon: “My father was born in New Zealand where his father was a school master at Wanganui Collegiate. In due course, he won a scholarship to Cambridge where, on arrival, he met a young Welshman, Peter Watkin Williams, who came from Stockland. Years later, Peter introduced Denis Allen to his much older sister Della, who was to become my mother. They married in Hong Kong in 1939. Having gained entry to the Diplomatic Service, Denis was posted to China ...

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Chetna Lawless

Robin Mills went to Lyme Regis to meet Chetna Lawless. This is her story. “I was born in White Plains, New York, about an hour’s drive north of New York City. My mother’s grandparents came from Italy, but her parents met in NYC. Both my father’s parents came from Dublin, and emigrated separately to the States. My grandmother was one of ten children; four stayed in Ireland, two came to Dorset, and four went to New York. My father is an amazing man, a really loving being. His parents worked really ...

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Sir John Colfox

In 2007 Sir John Colfox shared some of his memories with Fergus Byrne. The following is part of what he said. “I was born in London, but that was not my fault, in 1924. My parents moved into Symondsbury Manor when I was a few months old. My two younger sisters followed, also born in London. I remember my Mother returning with the babies and wondering why babies should always come from London. Another early memory was looking from my nursery window into the Manor Farmyard. A splendid sight every morning. Fifteen ...

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Howard Payton

Robin Mills went to Poundbury, Dorchester to meet Howard Payton. This is his story. “I’ve had a very varied and sometimes complicated life, which is definitely what I intended; people sometimes tell me I would have been better off sticking to one thing, and maybe they’re right. I spent the first few years of my life in East London, where most of my family came from. One of my great grandfathers had a fleet of three ships, which unfortunately all sunk in the same year, and there was of course no ...

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