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Schoolboy Blitz Memories

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Wilfrid Jolley
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Enfield, Middlesex
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03 January 2006

This story was entered onto the People's War website by Rod Sutton on behalf of Wilfrid Jolley, the author, who fully understands and accepts the sites terms and conditions.

I can remember as a young boy with my elder brothers and sister being rushed into a makeshift “Morrison” type steel shelter cage onto mattresses in our front room in Enfield. I remember the warning sirens to warn us of impending attack from bombs and the V1/V2s as our house was not too far away from the Royal Small Arms Factory where of course the Lee Enfield 303 rifle was manufactured. A very valuable target for the Germans.

On many occasions after the attacks and during daylight hours I would go along with my older brothers and endeavour to collect shrapnel. This we collected in a large hinged tin biscuit box and I can remember this being so heavy.

Much of the metal from memory was like non-ferrous metal, cast bronze or the like and all pieces were small about four inches long by one inch wide.

I can also remember what a special day it was for us as a family when we would receive food parcels from Australia; dried egg, fruit cake etc. Later in life during my travels in the Merchant Navy I contacted the family in Geelong, Australia to say “thank you” and spent a very memorable day with them.

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