On 3 September, the war was declared. The former life ended for ever.
On 3 September 1939, inhabitants of Great Thurlow were at church as usual on Sunday and listened to a radio speech of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who declared that Great Britain was at war with Germany. Sue Ryder remembers a feeling of deep shame that accompanied her environment because politicians did not declare any support for Poland, an ally invaded by Hitler two days earlier. The absence of declaration resulting from political passivity.