World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                         Eva Rowland 

Egg And Chips For Winston

By Actiondesk Sheffield

People in story: Eva Rowland
Location of story: Swinderby
Background to story: Army


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Bill Ross of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Eva Rowland.
I served in the Salvation Army with my husband William. Through the war years and for most of our active service, we worked with His Majesty’s Forces. One time, we had the pleasure of cooking egg and chips for Winston Churchill whilst on a Troop Train travelling form Perth to Thurso.

One of my funniest memories is of being asked to drive a mobile full of refreshments for the airmen who had been sweeping the runway clear of snow all night. I had not been driving long. William was in another part of the camp. Determined not to let the boys down, I drove towards them and as I approached, I could see the Flight Sergeant waving.

“Oh, he’s pleased with me, “ I thought. As I drew closer, he ran towards me. I was so happy to be needed. I rolled down the window only to be met with a torrent of abuse. “GET OFF THE B----- RUNWAY!!” I had driven straight down the runway with a Squadron of Lancasters due to land. “TURN THIS THING AROUND!!” the Staff Sergeant yelled. “I CAN’T,” I shouted back, “I DON’T KNOW HOW!!”

My story has now been made into a play and it was performed in 2004 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was featured on ‘ BBC Look North’ while in rehearsal. It received a five star review and in August 2005, it will be performed in New York at the invitation of Theater 315.