A poem to Billy

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Title

A poem to Billy

Description

A poem sent to Betty Turner's friend Billy to celebrate their 80th. Betty describes the wartime hardships she endured, hint at the bereavement after the loss of the men she loved, stresses the sense of duty toward her country, friendship and camaraderie.

Creator

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

David Bloomfield

Rights

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Format

One handwritten sheet

Language

Identifier

MTurnerBM2146029-170131-02

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Transcription

[inserted] Sent to my friend Billy to celebrate our 80th [/inserted]
We were only just beginning to enjoy our teenage years,
When war broke out the unknown caused [inserted]our[/inserted] parents [deleted] fears & [/deleted] tears,
Our country needed us so we didn’t hesitate at all,
We joined the WAAF you & I, looking very smart, walked tall.
Dark grey silky bloomers almost down to our knees,
Woolly ones for the winter so we didn’t freeze.
Everything was rationed, even the toilet tissue
One sheet per person per sitting was the total issue!!
Sent here & there obeying orders, making new friends,
Certainly had no worries about the latest [deleted] indecipherable word [/deleted] trends.
We loved & lost many times sometimes our hearts were broken.
But secrets were [inserted] always [/inserted] kept & not a single word was spoken!
Those years helped us gain strength & sheer determination,
Taught us how to deal with most any situation.
Age is [deleted] now [/deleted] our biggest problem not everything seems to work
But one things for sure, WAAF friendship is [deleted] my [/deleted] a [deleted] biggest [/deleted] perk!

Collection

Citation

Betty Turner, “A poem to Billy,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 21, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/1272.

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