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First World War tank in large park

by Kenneth Woodfield 30 March 2005

Although I was born in London my earliest memories are in Brighton. My mother had moved there before I was 3 years old and we had two or three addresses before I went back to London in 1936. I have tried unsuccessfully to find the last house where we had rooms. Several strong images remain with me. The house was set in a long sweeping Victorian terrace set back from the road. The strongest clue is that the other side of the road formed the edge of a large park. My infant visual memory shows me that the gates opened onto a semi-circular paved or ashpalted area in the middle of which stood a First World War Tank on which all the local kids happily played.

I have looked at the maps on this site and the photos of various parks, buy none of them looks right. It cannot have been very far back in the town as even at 4/5 years old I used to walk with others to the beach.

Although it was not a happy period I have happy memories of Brighton itself and it was there my life-long of the sea commenced.

If anyone has any ideas I hould be most grateful.

Many thanks Kenneth

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