Brian Rea


Brian Rea was interviewed for the project in 2014. At the time he was 76 years old, Brian was brought up at Foxhall Farm (once known as Vauxhall Farm) on the Stourport Road. The farm was formerly part of the estate of Witley Court.

Brian went to school at Great Witley Primary School and tells stories about his time there during the Second World War in the mid-1940s. He recalls German prisoners of war working on the family farm and enjoying Christmas Dinner with his family.

Brian passed the 11 plus examination and went on to Hartlebury Grammar School. He still lives in the area – in Little Witley – and keeps in touch with close friends from the village school to this day.

Recording filename: Rea_Brian_20140923_1_2_A.mp3 (8 mins 46 secs)

Start Topic Period
00:00 Living at Foxhall Farm (formerly known as Vauxhall Cottage) 1940s
01:02 Going to Great Witley School – teachers 1940s
01:47 Going to Great Witley School – school dinners 1940s
02:08 Taking Eleven Plus Examination 1940s
02:44 Sledging on Walsgrove Hill 1940s/50s
03:20 Camping on Walsgrove Hill 1950s
03:57 Scrumping grapes from grounds of Abberley Hall School 1950s
04:19 Prisoners of War: Working on the farm, eating Christmas dinner 1940s
05:55 US army convoy passing through Great Witley 1940s
06:23 Red Marley motorcycle hill climb 1950s
08:10 Shelsley Walsh motor car hill climb 1950s

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