- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Amelia Tribe
- Location of story:
- West Ham, Waltham Abbey, Coventry, Maidstone, Essex
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 02 December 2005
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I got married in September 1939. My husband worked for the air ministry. I was working for the Government British Film Company in the Chemistry department. In march 1940 I found I was pregnant. I was evacuated as a pregnant mother, we were buying our own house, but because of the war we never had a chance. My wedding presents were in a cupboard under the stairs and a firebomb (incendiary) came through the roof to the ground floor and we lost the lot.
The same night my father in law’s church was bombed — raised to the ground. They evacuated me and I went to a cousin’s at Kenilworth, Warwickshire. I’d only been there two weeks when they bombed Coventry. Devastated that was, I packed my bag and came home to West Ham. I went to Maidstone and gave birth to my son who is 65 this December. They were having a lot of bombs at West Ham but I wanted to be home. So I went to Barkin (Essex) to stay with my mother and she got bombed. I went to my mother in law in Waltham Abbey and that house was bombed from top to bottom, it was just a shell.
You’ve got to see it to believe it.
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