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First Long Trousers

“Packed into my little suit case was my first pair of long trousers, my parents had learned that young boys in Canada wore long trousers, in England in 1940 boys wore short trousers. The trousers had been made for me by a cousin who happened to be an Army tailor. They had to be specially made because it was impossible to buy long trousers for a small boy in England in 1940. I was to wear the trousers for the first time on arrival in Halifax, I couldn’t wait to put them on.”

- Patrick Rogers arrived from England as an Evacuee Child in 1940 [S2012.2460.1]