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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: Re: Bombed out, then what?
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 21:57:31 +0100
References: <000301c593aa$85877e60$0200a8c0@Vaio> <000f01c59461$1c9013b0$8201a8c0@Mumsie> <00e801c59467$f3161460$0200a8c0@Vaio> <003e01c5946e$7fee8a60$0201a8c0@Brian> <003101c5947d$29d53a70$8201a8c0@Mumsie>
I have a similar book for Walthamstow which, like yours, Caroline, also has
a map, dates and details of the bombings in the town during WW2, and I'm
happy to do look up requests from this too.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Caroline" <>
> For anybody who is interested in this topic, I have a copy of 'It
> Happened Here', the story of civil defense in Wanstead & Woodford,
> 1939-1945. It gives details of, amongst other things, all bombs landing in
> the Borough, names of all civilians who were involved in the civil defense
> effort and some information about the more major incidents. Please let me
> know if you want a lookup.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Brian Lodge" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 7:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [Ess] Re: Bombed out, then what?
>> My father told me that when a bomb struck North Road in Walthamstow where
>> my mother and her father in law were he was saved by the kitchen dresser
>> falling over and covering him. Apparently when he was dug out and he
>> looked at the house there was a bed on top of the roof.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Colleen" <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 7:04 PM
>> Subject: [Ess] Re: Bombed out, then what?
>>> I'm surprised that so many of the people who were buried beneath the
>>> ruins of bombed buildings as our respective family were, Caroline, came
>>> out of it relatively unscathed - though some poor souls didn't, of
>>> course. My mother and grandmother said their lives were saved by a
>>> heavy, old fashioned wardrobe which remained intact and was blown on top
>>> of them and the rubble around them, making a sort of safe pocket which
>>> kept further rubble off of them. They made good furniuture in those
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Caroline" <>
>>>> My mother and grandmother were also trapped in the wreckage of their
>>>> house in Lake House Road, Wanstead after a rocket fell in the back
>>>> garden in one of the last attacks of the war. They had been sleeping in
>>>> a Morrison shelter in the kitchen just before breakfast. My mother had
>>>> been evacuated with the Post Office to Harrogate, but her elderly
>>>> mother insisted on returning to check the house and it was on one of
>>>> these occasions that the rocket hit. My 'caring' uncle packed them back
>>>> to Harrogate the same day on the train. The house was rebuilt fairly
>>>> quickly after the war and my mother (and later my father, sister and I)
>>>> lived there until 1978. It was a frequent occurrence to find bits of my
>>>> mother's china etc when digging in the garden !! Only one piece of
>>>> china - a lovely Royal Worcester vase - had remained intact after the
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