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Mr Gordon Lease, USS Landing Ship, Tank 381

...was a visitor to Barry for three weeks in summer 1944. His LST came here for repairs. He did NOT marry a local lady, but he did date and he did have some interesting memories...

“My memories of Barry revolve mostly around Knap Gardens and a large building nearby where ballroom dancing occurred (daily?) Also, at the lower end of the gardens, there was a sort of ‘Roman’-style covered porch where we and our dates took shelter from the rains. It seems to me that it rained almost daily while we were there.

Also, on the other side of the hill from Knapp gardens, there was an impressive ‘Swimming Bath’ which received fresh seawater from the rising tide daily.

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