Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.


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him immediately double up he threw up all over the floor as Jack hit him on the left side of his jaw with a left hook then followed it with a right cross that opened a huge gash on his nose.

 George slumped to the floor and sat in his own vomit as George dragged him to his feet and systematically beat his face to a pulp with both hands.

He wasn’t recognisable as the handsome Joker who charmed the girls earlier.

His front teeth were now missing; his nose had been flattened by jack. He had two gashes four inches long over both eyes as George set about him with the boots on his feet into his ribs.

George and Jack then cleaned their hands and calmly dried them as they looked down on the now ugly spectacle that was George Barrett.

Then they came out of the toilet nodded to Jim who then went back in to have a look. He kicked Barrett again as he was coming around which sent him into state of unconsciousness again.

They left the club and jumped onto the first tram home.”

As the tram got further away an ambulance with the bell ringing passed them and headed towards the club.


It was eleven thirty when Jack and his sons returned. They looked into the crib and said “How’s wor Jackie then; how’s wor bonny little lad.

“Get yourselves to bed the three of you before you wake him up.

“Good night Jackie see you in the mornin’ the lads all went to bed smiling.


The ambulance stopped outside of the club and the ambulance driver got out and followed the other medic into the club where they found George Barrett in a heap on the toilet floor.

“What happened asked the medic?

“I slipped on the floor said Barrett lying; someone must have been sick and I slipped on it as I went to dry my hands.

You must have given your face a mighty whack on the wash basin sir, as your teeth are all over the floor here as well.’

“They helped Barrett to his feet then escorted him to the ambulance.”

I’m alright I can fix myself at home he kept saying but the ambulance driver and the medic told him that he would need several stitches to the wounds to his eyes.

“Eventually he relented and away he went with them.

It would be several months before George Barrett was seen out.

He now had a set of false teeth in the upper part of his mouth his nose was completely flat and he was heavily scarred over both eyes which gave him the appearance of an old pug who had done too many round in the boxing ring. Because of his nose and false teeth his voice took on a slurred tone. No girl would give him a second look now.

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