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soldiers relaxing in YMCA canteen

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soldiers relaxing in YMCA canteen
Posted by yretired on 29 April 2009 Full Size|

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Reply Peter Worsley
5:11 on 9 April, 2015 
Lansdown Station, now the only railway left in Cheltenham, was on the LMS wartime main line and saw hundreds of thousands of servicemen travelling through, many of whom had to change trains. When they were discovered sleeping rough in the vicinity a new YMCA canteen was hurriedly erected and once opened it never closed. During the Dunkirk evacuation it handled in excess of 10,000 men passing through on trains destined for all parts of the country. When they steamed off, however, they took so many YMCA cups with them that a rapid house to house search for replacements had to be undertaken! The LMS timetable on the wall would have been of little use at the time!