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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: Bombed out, then what?
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 19:23:36 +0100
No names in the book, unfortunately, it only covers the details of streets
bombed, the crews who dealt with the bombings and the total number and tupes
of bombings overall.
Re: your Williams, One of my Walthamstow Dices married a Williams, any Dices
among your lot?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jean Williams" <>
> Don't we all wish we had asked these kinds of questions!
> Is there anything in your Walthamstow book about Tennyson Road or the
> surnames ECOTT or WILLIAMS? These are my husband's family and I have just
> started researching them. they lived in Walthamstow and Leyton.
> Many thanks
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Colleen [mailto:]
> Sent: 30 July 2005 10:29
> Subject: [Ess] Re: Re: Bombed out, then what?
> All those unasked questions we all have. A bomb fell in a street in
> Walthamstow at one time while one of my grandfather's was knocking at a
> front door nearby. I don't why he hadn't taken cover, though I do know
> he refused to sleep in the shelter at night as Hitler wasn't going to ruin
> his night's sleep, so he was maybe being his usual cavalier self. The
> blew what was left of the door off its hinges and my grandfather on top of
> the door, granddad, 'riding' the door was then blown right through the
> remains of the house into the back garden. He thankfully survived this not
> so 'magic carpet ride', though he was injured and the blast left him
> in one eye and with damaged vision in the other. Yet granddad refused to
> allow his partial blindness to ruin his life and continued working in a
> which involved a considerable amount of paperwork.
> Looking back I don't know he managed to do it, though at the time I
> largely taking it for granted that granddad would cope and making no
> allowances for the problems with his sight - granddad's were invincible,
> weren't they? I remember him in the 1950s and 60s telling me to slow down
> when we crossed roads together because his one good eye could see two
> pavement edges and he had to work out which was the real one to step down
> from, yet he walked miles and travelled all over the country. If only I'd
> asked him which street was bombed, then I could perhaps have found date in
> my War Over Walthamstow book. I wish I'd asked him how badly injured he
> and about his treatment - and more importantly how he'd managed to cope so
> well with such impaired sight - but it never occured to me to ask him
> questions until it was too late.
> was then mpostings like those on this topic are so helpful
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Helen & Bill Bultitude" <>
> To: <>
>> I wish my dad and grandad were
>> around to tell me how long it was before it was repaired and where they
>> lived immediately following the bombing.
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