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The Bombing of Leytonstone

by stjohnscentre

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Ethel Moss
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Leytonstone, London
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26 July 2004

I was indoors when the bombing started with my baby and my mother. When the all clear was called I got out from under the table. All the windows were broken and we found that my grandfather, who was ninety, was out in the garden when the bomb was dropped. He should have been indoors. We went to look for him and he was in the middle of the garden. I went to dig him out and some people came and helped me. All that was wrong with my grandfather was a broken ankle and he was taken to hospital. My mother was blind in one eye for a little while after from bits flying under the table. All the window frames had come through. There was a bus stop outside and all the people waiting got killed.

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Message 1 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 26 July 2004 by Harold Pollins

I was in Leytonstone during the blitz. We had a shop in the High Road, near the Midland Railway arch. I wonder to which bomb you are referring? The nearest to us fell near the LNER railway station and another one fell on the LNER subway.

Harold Pollins


Message 2 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 25 August 2004 by stjohnscentre

hello, I'm writing this reply on behalf of ethel moss.

"i lived in high road and the bomb went off in my garden. I had an 18 month old baby at the time. We lived in the doctor's surgery. my mother looked after it cleaning, etc. I was about 30 years old. My husband was helping get people out of the rubble following the bomb near the railway, as he was a policeman (war reserve).

what was the shop you had?"

Ethel Moss


Message 3 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 28 August 2004 by Harold Pollins

Thank you for replying.

Our shop was a radio shop, called Pollins Radio, number 552 High Road. It was near the Midland railway arch and opposite the Rex cinema.

Harold Pollins


Message 4 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 04 October 2004 by Monovian

I remember the bomb falling just 100 yards north of Pollins radio shop.e (where my parents, grandparnets ande uncle all bought radio, and later TV). It was next door to Addis & Burnett and Sainsburys where a few shops away with a confectioners on the corner of Davies Lane.

The bomb landed on Bell Bakeries just near the Elms PH and opposite where the Rex Cinema came to be built.

We were evacuated on Tuesday 18th September 1940 just after the massive Daylight raid when a large area of Granleigh Road was destroyed and we were living in Woodlands Road at the time.

I also remember that Mr Pollins wore heavy horn-rimmed glasses, Right?

Malcolm Pettit


Message 5 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 06 October 2004 by Harold Pollins

I do now remember the bomb that fell opposite the Rex Cinema (I remember them building the cinema which opoened in 1934,) As I remember the bomb killed a number of bakers who were working through the night at the bakers on the corner, next to the Elms.
There was a Co-op shop in the same block and a newspaper shop.

Harold Pollins


Message 6 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 11 October 2004 by Monovian

Do you also remember the landmine which demolished such a large block round in Montague Road? Among ther things it destroyed the Montague Mission which is where I went to Sunday School right up until the war started.

You might also remember, later in the war, the V2 rocket that hit Lemna Road early one morning? I was at the top of Mornington Road delivering my paper round (for Hammond's) and the blast blew me of my feet. It killed the minister of the Wesleyan Church,Rev Ernest Tabton, and his wife and son - leaving only his daughter, Dorothy.


Message 7 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 11 October 2004 by Harold Pollins

I don't remember the bombing of Montagu Road but I do recall the bombing of Harrington Road, the site becoming after the war the Tomlinson School (I think). I don't recall the Lemna Rd incident as I was in the army then.


Message 8 - The bombing of Leytonstone

Posted on: 19 November 2004 by Harold Pollins

19 November 2004

I've just been re-reading your messages. You asked if my father wore horn-rimmed glasses. Yes, but all the family wore glasses - father, mother, two sisters of mine my brother and I.

Harold Pollins

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