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Brat Overboard

by Bryce McBryce

A British child baffles the Raj at its apex on the eve of World War 2.

Copyright Darling Newspaper Press

Extracted from the novel Brat, which was first published 2006 in paperback as Wee Charlie’s World.

This Smashwords edition 2012

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Dedicated to brats, then and now, the children of serving personnel, the children history ignores.

Says Charlie, age 5: The hardest thing to learn is People

SMALLER than a kitbag and only four years, the youngest in that army, Charlie watched the soldiers come aboard: pith helmets, khaki shorts, puttees, boots, bolt-action rifles.

He knew that the din of embarkation at Southampton Docks would take him to a faraway place where, according to Mum, the Empire’s warriors would defend a far-flung outpost. He little suspected, nor could anyone imagine, perish the thought, that he would be a more immediate problem than militant Japan.

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