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When I was fourteen, the war came. My brother and I were evacuated in a school train, labelled like parcels with our names and addresses hung on cards round our necks, to a mining valley in South Wales. We lived there for three years with a number of foster parents, some nice, some nasty, but chiefly, like Mr. Evans in "Carrie's War", a mixture of both. Since billets were scarce, we had to learn ...
Nina Bawden and her husband Austen Kark, the former head of BBC World Service, were travelling in the train that was involved in the Potter's Bar train crash on 10 May 2002. Nina Bawden suffered extensive injuries but survived; Austen Kark was killed.