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At the Age of 11

by bedworthlibrary

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bedworthlibrary
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18 June 2004

At the age of 11, I had just returned with my sister after being evacuated to Wales. I returned to my school, which was John Gulson C.A to find that the top story of the school was missing so they waterproofed the roof and used it as a gymnasium as this had also been destroyed. In April 1942, Coventry was again blitzed, as they seemed to be concentrating on the Coundon area. Although we had an Anderson shelter we chose to attend the public underground shelter, which was in a field behind our house. During the night we could here the sound of bombs exploding quite close by around the shelter during the course of which we hear a rattling sound which turned out to be an Anderson shelter blown out of the ground from the rear of our local hair dresser, who was fortunately enough in the shelter with us and his family. One of the bombs destroyed a bank that was within 80 yards of the shelter. When the all clear sounded in the morning, we returned to our house to find that all the windows and the front door was lying in the front garden. There was also a very rusty car engine lying beside it, which was a surprise to say the least! So we entered the house and looked up the stairs to see a large hole in the roof that appeared to have been made by the engine, which had come down through the roof, rolled down the stairs and through the front door which had been previously blown off. We then stayed with relatives close by while they repaired the windows with a horrible oilcloth that we couldn’t even see out of! And what happened to the engine is still a mystery...

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