The succession of wars and persecution that marked the first six decades of the twentieth century caused great upheavals for Helen Butterworth's maternal ancestors. They were Greeks from Asia Minor, and they had to abandon their homes time after time and start a new life wherever they were offered refuge. For different reasons, mainly due to lack of opportunity, some members of her father's family also emigrated from Greece, seeking a more comfortable life abroad. Helen came to England from Egypt in 1944 and here she looks back over her eventful life and tells the story of her family's struggle to find stability and peace in a war-torn world.
Biographical details for Helen Butterworth 1921 Born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Greek parents. 1938 Final Greek School Certificate, Port Said, Prize of King Fuad. 1939 Scholarship to the University of Athens abandoned due to WWII. 1943 Married to a sergeant of the Royal Engineers at the Garrison Church in Moascar, Ismailia 1944 Evacuated to England with other Forces' wives. 1946 Joined husband serving in Germany. 1960 End of Army life abroad due to sudden diabetic blackout of husband. Demobilization. 1970 Teacher's Diploma of Education - Distinction. Teacher at Southsea Primary School. Also teacher of Greek at night school Portsmouth. 1981 Husband died. 1990 End of teaching career. Author joined the Open University. 1996 BA Degree in Humanities - Second oldest student of the year. 2003 Member of U3A. Joined two courses: 'Watercolour Painting' and 'Writing Workshop'. The author has had three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and currently lives in Cambridge.
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