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Mr Ted Syvret of Leoville Farm, St Ouen talking to the CIOS about his memories on growing up on the family farm during the occupation. Talks about the diary kept by his father, the position of Léoville in St Ouen, bunkers in St Ouen, the farm at Léoville and its history, position, size, crops, livestock and buildings, the Syvret family living on the farm, speaking Jersey french, the neighbourhood, work of the farming community and the sharing of work, his background, his childhood years, comparison with granddaughter today, decision of family to stay in Jersey bfore the occupation, explanation of his father's diaries and reads some extracts from Easter 1942, seeing german soldiers for the first time and on parade, hearing aeroplanes during the night, taking potatoes to town, the air raid on the harbour, work on the stables, attempted trench digging in front garden of property by the germans, beginning of the felling of trees for fuel, working with hay, everything agricultural being done by hand, keeping food aside for people, collecting wheat, using the lawn to plant tobacco, placing alarms on the pantry to stop OT labourers stealing food, slaughtering of a cow, self sufficiency in vegetables, the growing and use of sugarbeet and potato flour, making butter, collecting rabbit food, hatching of chicks, improvisations when farming, pumping water in the back garden and the use of an outside toilet, entertainment for the children looking for spent ammunition, St Ouen's Central School, the school air raid shelter, diseases at school, comparison between town and country, stamps received from Ralph Mollet, a British aeroplane flying over and firing taking place requiring them to take shelter, D-Day activity, 14th June 1944 a plane going down, travelling with his father to visit his grandparents, collecting the red cross parcels and the difference between the parcels, the unfinished railway track that ran through some of the fields, guns and german soldiers at Greve de Lecq, the appearance of swastikas and german road signs, liberation, listening to the radio at George Baudain's house, being told to lower the flag as it was raised too early, May 8th his father's diary stopped with 'Jerry surrenders-no more work this week', going to town to celebrate the liberation, arrival of the british troops and he reads a report by B C Le Masurier, secretary to the St Ouen's Agricultural Society, on the liberation. Questions on the clothes and shoes worn by children during the occupation and improvisations used, an explosion at Commercial Buildings at liberation, memories of the German agricultural inspections, a german officer, transport to St Martin and Trinity and growing tobacco. Announcement about the making of a documentary film on the occupation.

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