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Hiding in the coal cupboard during air raids

by CSV Solent

Contributed by 
CSV Solent
People in story: 
Violet Leaworthy and family
Location of story: 
Portsmouth
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A6051665
Contributed on: 
07 October 2005

This story has been added to the People’s War website by Jenny Burnett on behalf of Violet Leaworthy. Violet has given her permission and understands the sites terms and conditions.

We were all in bed in the room downstairs. My husband, myself, one girl of 6 and a boy of 3. Topping and tailing and all partially clothed just in case. My husband heard the noise of the doodle bug. We had no shelter, but could use next doors — she kept the door open for us. But we didn’t have time to go, so my husband pushed us all in the cupboard under the stairs where we kept the coal. The handle fell off into the living room so my husband had to kick the door open to get us all out again afterwards!

He stood there in his pants, but with no trousers on — it was comical after, but at the time it was all very frightening. The house was very damaged, a shambles. It was terrible.

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