BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

29 July 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


Boy on a Bomb

by fiona jones

Contributed by 
fiona jones
People in story: 
Robert Laughlin
Location of story: 
Belfast during Blitz
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
26 April 2005

Robert Laughlin of Ballyclare (who served with the 6th Airborne Division and was discharged with medals in 1949) was stationed in Jackson Fields Barracks on the Holywood Rd with the RUR (Royal Ulster Rifles)when Belfast was hit in April 1941.

He remembers it was a moonlit night.
In the morning they went in to the centre to survey the damage and found a huge unexploded bomb behind City Hall.
There, sitting right on top of it, was a little boy. Robert shouted for "the wee lad to come away." Thankfully he was quickly brought to safety.

Robert says schrapnel holes are still visible in the steel beams at the Shipyard..a reminder of a night when Belfast City saw terrible devastation.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

The Blitz Category
British Army Category
Northern Ireland Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy