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People in story: 
Joyce Kemp
Location of story: 
Catford
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4143764
Contributed on: 
02 June 2005

My Mother and I lived in Catford and went on the bus into Lewisham to do some shopping, it was the time of the V-Ones. We arrived and were thinking of where to go when suddenly some V-Twos came over us and started falling. Most people went into Woolworths for shelter, but my mother was not too keen. Woolworth was round the corner from us, a man had a stall with china and he said, we will all get under my stall. One of the bombs hit Woolworths and a lot of people died. The noise and the blast was very frightening. We stayed there for a while, when we got out, all his china was gone — not a sign of it! We went home as quick as we could.
In the 1980s there was a piece in Telegraph on a Saturday saying that after all these years they had put a plaque up to commemorate what had happened.

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Sue Craig from MyBrightonandHove on behalf of Joyce Kemp and has been added to the site with her permission. Joyce fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

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