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Three sound recordings: 1) Recording of Winston Churchill's VE Day speech, which was broadcast by the BBC and relayed over loudspeakers in the Royal Square. 2) Same, with noise of crowds. 3) Mrs Anne Perchard, née Billot, talks about her experiences of the German Occupation [read from notes?]. Was 7 years old at the start of the war. Father became seriously ill just before the war and didn't want to evacuate, seemed to make a complete recovery. Family background - Lived at La Ville Brée, near Rozel. Tom and Eunice Billot (mother and father) had 3 children, Anne, Ruth and Mary. Uncle Charlie (dad's brother) and aunt Lilly (mum's sister), had 3 children, Doris, Lily and Charles, and lived at Holmdale, St Martin. On the day the island was bombed the family were digging potatoes. Went to Silk's School, a private school near St Martin's Church - Mr Silk an old fashioned strict disciplinarian, taught the '3 Rs'. Moved to St Martin's Elementary School aged 9, near grandparents' home at La Chasse cottage. Grandfather was Connétable of St Martin at the time. La Chasse was mostly taken over by the Germans, as the English owners had evacuated. Father had continual relapses of illness. One day Anne, Ruth and 5 other schoolchildren were walking home to La Chasse for lunch, an SS soldier cycled past, got off his bike and clouted Ruth on the head - they never really found out why. Anne Billot and Pat Deslandes both got scholarships to Jersey College for Girls, CLJ Anthony was the head. Ladies' College taken over as a hospital, so the temporary building was where Victoria College Prep is now. Bikes were ridden - eventually they ended up with hosepipe or twisted rope tyres or sometimes bare wheels. It was a good education given the circumstances. Many staff had been retired but came back to fill the gaps left by evacuated teachers. Mrs Le Feuvre taught German (which was compulsory) she was very old and deaf - they had fun at her expense. Aged 11 Anne got scarlet fever and spent 5 weeks in isolation at Overdale Hospital. Remembers Slade's buses which were powered by charcoal burners on the back. After D-Day farmers were in better circumstances than town folk. Gives details of cooking methods and food eaten. Tripwires leading to a bell in the bedroom were installed when thefts of food became more common. One night a tripwire was cut and nearly all the rabbits were stolen. After that increased security was put in place. When nearby a gun emplacement fired, the whole house used to shake. Had piglets hidden away from the Germans, tripe was made from large intestines of a pig. Dad grew tobacco. Friends and relations in town bought all the food that farmers could spare - they were never overcharged. People came with handcarts to collect kindling, also went gleaning after the harvest. Memories of harvest time; Germans began requisitioning a percentage of cows as they became short of meat. Had 2 farm horses - Germans wanted to requisition horses for meat - one horse, Dolly, was Anne's favourite animal - she was very upset when Dolly was taken away. First encounter with women fraternizing with Germans at stables when they went to get new horses, hated them more than the Germans. Clothes - wore hand-me-downs from cousins, rabbit fur gloves, wooden clogs. Grandmother involved with the Friendship League - helped less well off people. Grandfather as Connétable had to make unpalatable choices when the requisition of bicycles and deportations were ordered, this made him some enemies. Father had rifle hidden - when Germans searched for firearms it was slung into the liquid manure system and rotted away. Social life revolved around parish church, Sunday school and choir, whist drives at the Royal Hotel to raise funds for church hall. Memories of Easter day festival. A neighbour, Mr Hick, sheltered an escaped Russian and often brought him to church - many people never knew until after the war. 1943 - 1944 a Whitsun festival of choirs was organised between All Saints Church and St Martin's Church. At Christmas the family went to Holmdale for dinner, followed by card games. Went back to Ville Brée for New Year. Archirondel was the only bay that could be visited which was not mined, with barbed wire. Story about a pony bolting from its trap. Rozel Rovers football club formed - dad was first president. D Day - could see the skies over France lit up red and orange, people wondered when liberation would come. Dad made Anne a transistor radio, she used to take down the news and took it to friends in town, remembers hearing Vera Lynn songs. Winter 1944, SS Vega arrived, memories of Red Cross parcels. [Break in recording] Auction which raised £1603 for the Red Cross in 1944. Liberation day - Dad had prepared flag pole and Union Jack hidden away in readiness. Old Dodge lorry had had the wheels taken off and hidden in the barn. Radio that family never knew dad had under the pantry was brought out to hear Churchill speak - children were always sent to bed at 8:30 so they wouldn't know about it. Liberation - most important moment in Anne's life, thoughts about the importance of freedom. 32 people piled into the Dodge lorry to see the liberating forces arrive. Joy as 'tommies' came and hopefulness for the future. Good sound quality throughout. Tape speed 7½ ips.

Reference: R/03/J/15

Date: 1941 - 1945