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A Rum Do

by ateamwar

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Contributed by 
ateamwar
People in story: 
Mary Caddick
Location of story: 
Merseyside
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5139803
Contributed on: 
17 August 2005

I remember being at home dutning the war and sitting under the stairs hearing bombs exploding. My husband and I sat in the garden once and saw a landmine passing over, it never hit us or the local church but it demolished the nearby houses and streets. I drank a whole bottle of rum that night!
There was also an anti-aircraft gun just along the pavement from our house and every time it went off soot fell down the chimney. You could see Liverpool burning from where we lived. During the Blitz on Liverpool and Bootle, I was expecting my third child, though some of the local midwives had been killed during the weekend of bombing. All pregnant women where informed to meet at Bootle Town Hall; we didn’t know where we where being taken. So it was a Monday morning and the bus was late; it was nearly dark and a line of mothers and toddlers were waiting. As it turned out, the bus driver got us lost. There were no road signs or street lights during the war and so we ended up stuck in a field. Though eventually we did reach our destination; a beautiful mansion near Altringham.

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