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This page has been archived and is no longer updated.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

My Narrow Escape

by cambsaction

You are browsing in:

Archive List > The Blitz

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Jean McCargow
Location of story: 
Paisley, Scotland
Background to story: 
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
21 December 2005


I lived in Paisley, Scotland. Clydebank, where the oil refineries were, wasn’t far from where I lived. There was a three night blitz on Clydebank. We had an Anderson Shelter in the garden and on the third night I was so tired I said to my mother ‘I won’t bother going to the shelter’. She insisted that I came down. While we were in the shelter, there was a loud explosion. An aeroplane had flown with a couple of bombs which hadn’t been used; the pilots dropped the bombs on the estate that I lived in. One had landed opposite our house, and a large paving stone was thrown up in the air, it came through our roof and attic. When I went back up to my bedroom, this huge paving slab was lying on my pillow!! If my mother hadn’t made me go down to the shelter I would’ve been killed.


I had a cousin who lived in London, who had a little girl aged 4. Every night they had to go to the underground shelters to hide from the bombs. They were so exhausted and nervous that they asked my mother if they could come and stay with us in Scotland for a rest. They stay with us for two months, during which time the bombing in London seemed to calm down. So they decided to go to my Grandmother’s in Ipswich and stay there for a little while. There was no bombing at all in London for weeks, so they decided to go home. The very night they went home the bombing started again, there was a direct hit on their house. My cousin, her husband, the little girl of 4, and his mother were all killed

© 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
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