- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Michael Penfold
- Location of story:
- Hereson Road, Ramsgate
- Background to story:
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 23 July 2005
This story was submitted to the Peoples War site by Philip Cooper from Newlands Primary School, and has been added to the website on behalf of Michael Penfold with his permission and he fully understands the sites terms and conditions.
Name - Michael Penfold
Age - 67 years old
I was in the playground at Hereson Infants and my brother came up to me and told me that my father was at the fence. My father was dressed in Army uniform, but I didn’t recognise him. He asked me for a kiss but I wouldn’t kiss him as I was too embarrassed. He gave me some chocolate which we never usually had. The teacher took it from me after play and gave it to me at the end of the school day.
Another memory was one of being given oval shaped rush mats on arrival at school. We were told to lay on them and have a sleep because we had lost so much sleep due to the bombing.
During Air Raids we were made to go down the tunnels with most other children. My brother was sickly and for that reason we were not evacuated.
There was a lot of bombing around Manston and Ramsgate. Denmark Rd was obliterated and the gas works was bombed.
A reservoir was built in Hereson Rd, opposite the catholic school. This was built to draw from in case the pipes were damaged by bombing.
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