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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: Bombed out, then what?
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 21:32:05 +0100
References: <000301c593aa$85877e60$0200a8c0@Vaio> <000f01c59461$1c9013b0$8201a8c0@Mumsie> <00e801c59467$f3161460$0200a8c0@Vaio> <003e01c5946e$7fee8a60$0201a8c0@Brian> <004001c59478$937b60d0$6501a8c0@Chris>
Total life disruption, in other words. Though I imagine they considered
themselves fortunate to have survived. I wonder where people found the money
to start again. Some must have lost everything they possessed. Was there
any help available from the Government for those who lost all their
possessions? I wished I'd asked my grandmother about this while I had the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Goddard" <>
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 9:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Ess] Re: Bombed out, then what?
> It's not Essex, but I hope it's relevant.
> When Plymouth was blitzed from 1941, bombed out families were sent 'up
> country' to Exeter which escaped bombing until 1942. Exeter is a very
> different city from Plymouth, and although only 42 miles away, was a good
> 90 minutes by train in those days.
> Another family I know of - who lost all the family photographs when their
> home got a direct hit - were moved to live on Bodmin Moor. Nearer than
> Exeter, but culturally a million miles from Plymouth.
> There's an excellent film called "The Way We Live" made by Michael Foot's
> future wife which looks at the bombing and reconstruction of Plymouth. In
> that, the main family after being bombed out is sent to the village of
> Horrabridge, 10 miles north so the father ("Mr Copperwheat") can commute
> back into Plymouth by train to work in the Naval Dockyard.
> So there are three possible results of being bombed out.
> Chris Goddard
> Plymouth, U.K
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