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Air raid messenger

by Elizabeth Lister

Contributed by 
Elizabeth Lister
People in story: 
Reginald Uden
Location of story: 
Caversham
Article ID: 
A7308362
Contributed on: 
26 November 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by a volunteer from BBC Radio Berkshire on behalf of Reginald Uden and has been added to the site with his permission. Reginald fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

1)I was an Air Raid precautions Messenger. We were called out on an air raid warning one evening. I was returning from this particular call, when I found my assistant messenger and his bike down a bomb crater. He was fine but his bike
had seen better days.

2) I was 16 leaving for the school bus on a very foggy day. We saw flares glowing around us, which appeared to be coming closer. We waited until they had stopped moving and then went to investigate. After taking a closer look we discovered that they were incendiary bombs from a German bomber. Fortunately no houses caught fire; there could have been serious injuries.

The next day, the youngsters, were going through the misty grounds picking up the live and dead incendiaries, completely oblivious to the danger.

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