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Andersons Shelter

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Contributed by 
cambsaction
People in story: 
Joyce Brown
Location of story: 
Gravesend
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4379952
Contributed on: 
06 July 2005

Joyce’s mother wanted their Anderson Shelter located near the house, but a friend advised her to put the shelter at the end of the garden. One night during an air raid, the family moved from the house to the Andersons Shelter. Her brother remained in the house. A bomb was heard to explode and the windows were blown in. Her brother awoke with a start and rushed into the shelter at the bottom of the garden, leaping over the bomb crater that would have been the original location of the shelter.

In later years V1 Flying Bombs were regularly seen flying over on their way to London.

Denton Marshes was an area near the family home and Joyce’s brother befriended German POWs who were billeted there. On day his mother sent him out to get some cakes but, on his return, he felt sorry for the German POWs and gave the cakes to them.

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