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Dog in a blanket

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Shelagh Turfrey
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West Midlands
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14 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Deena Campbell from CSV Action Desk on behalf of Mrs Shelagh Turfrey and has been added to the site with her permission. Mrs Turfrey fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I was about five when War broke out and I remember that I had pneumonia. I was too ill to go down the shelter. My mother put all the other five children to bed in the shelter. Mum slept with me on the mattress under the sturdy wooden kitchen table, to protect from shrapnel etc. but of course it wouldn’t protect you from a direct hit.

My neighbours had a large white dog. The neighbours worried that because of the blackout that it would be easier for the enemy to spot the dog as he was so bright white. When they would go down the shelter they would cover the dog with a brown blanket so that he wouldn’t be seen…it seemed to work!

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