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I was fifteen and a half and living in North Liverpool, not far from the docks,

I was fifteen and a half and living in North Liverpool, not far from the docks, when war was declared in 1939. It had been expected for some time and six months earlier there had been the possibility that Seafield Convent’s trip to Switzerland might be cancelled. It wasn’t and I went. However, halfway through our visit, while we were staying in Lugano, I received a letter from my father telling us that Mussolini had invaded Albania.