Monday, 18 June 2012

Our very special visitor

This morning we had the pleasure of spending time with Mr Pound. Mr Pound was a child during WWII.
We had written to him with questions about what life was like then, today he came in to answer those questions.

Mrs Pound introducing Mr Pound

The interested audience

Mr Pound answering the many questions

More questions to ask

A typical weeks worth of rationed food
What questions did you ask?

What did Mr Pound say?

What have you learnt?


  1. It was really interesting listening to a man that was a child our age in ww2.I thought that when he told us about the peice of bomb in his window it was really interesting.

  2. I was so pleased with the way you all behaved and showed so much in+erest. I enjoyed every
    minute and was very pleased with the questions you asked.
    I will treasure your drawings, particulrly the one of the bomber in a tree.
    Thank you all for your very good manners and your interest.
    Terry Pound.

    1. Thank you Mr Pound for taking the time to come and see us. It was wonderful to listen to your memories of being a child and recognising the places you talked about.
      Glad you liked your thank you notes.
      Mrs Warner.

  3. I liked listening to Mr pound it was nice

  4. I learnd from Mr pound about the rashend food.I do not think I could eat like that.Mr pound said that a bit of spit fire got trapped in his shutters his dad made because he was a littel child when the war started.

  5. Abbie & Elle19 June 2012 at 13:35

    Yesterday was amazing I learnt that you didn't get much bacon and it had to last you a week. And I bet that Mr Pound had a great time speaking to us.

  6. Hello Year 4,

    Mr Pound's recollections of life as a child during WWII would have been very interesting to hear. Even here in Australia, there was rationing during the war but not to the degree of the United Kingdom. There was bombing by the Japanese on some of our towns in northern Australia and some ships were torpedoed by the Japanese along our coast.

    My mother was 9 when the war began. England declared war on Germany and, as a result, the Australian Prime Minister announced we were also at war with Germany and its allies, Japan being one of them. We were threatened by the Japanese rather than Germany.

    For my mother, life on the family dairy farm was much easier than it would have been for those in the city. There was fresh milk, cream, butter, eggs, cheese, vegetables and fruit on the farm. There were also pigs and, of course for a dairy farm, there were cows.

    My mother once talked of her experiences during the war. When Darwin was bombed by the Japanese, air raid sirens went off around the country just in case there was an invasion coming, even in the town near the family farm. This was a little strange as the farm was over 4000km (2500 miles) by road from the farm.

    One time a pilot was in the town and decided he would deliver the mail and newspaper by plane. He buzzed low over the farm scaring cows and people who thought he might be the enemy. They were surprised when mail fell to ground and a cheery wave was given by the pilot. :)

    I had a father and a number of uncles involved in WWII. My father spent a number of years in a Japanese P.O.W. camp in Singapore after its surrender in 1942. He wasn't able to return home until the Japanese had been defeated and he was freed.

    Keep learning.

    Teacher, NSW, Australia

  7. What an amazing way to learn about WWII. Olivia loved listening to his recollection of life from that time and told me many things she had heard. The rationing is a hard one to understand as we live in a time where we can have what we like, so to have that taken away and survive on the very very basics must have been terrible.