BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

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

Contact Us

Under the Viaduct

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

You are browsing in:

Archive List > Childhood and Evacuation

Contributed by 
BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Pauline Bulman (nee Hubbard)
Location of story: 
Brighton
Article ID: 
A5795814
Contributed on: 
18 September 2005

This story was given to the People's War website at Newhaven Fort 18th September by Amanda Wilkins on behalf of Pauline Bulman (nee Hubbard) with her permission, Pauline fully understand the site's terms and conditions.

I was working in a confectioners and tobacconists at 68 Preston Road, Brighton underneath the viaduct when it was bombed. The siren and the bomb all happened at once, it was mid-day.

I went out and gathered the children coming out of a private school opposite and took them through to the table shelter at the back of the shop.

I wasn't hurt but I was shocked, especially when I came out and saw the railway line hanging and the plate glass window went through.

All the jars of sweets fell down and a large piece of shrapnel came through.

I never went home for my lunch that day. My mother was so worried she sent my brother down to find if I was alright. I was sweeping up the glass off the pavement when he came.

We got the window fixed and carried on business as usual. I was 17 and a half in 1943 when it happened. I left in 1944 to join the Land Army, never left home before.

© 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.

Childhood and Evacuation 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