BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

18 September 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 

My Wartime Memories

by Big Yellow Bus

Contributed by 
Big Yellow Bus
People in story: 
Irene McFetridge
Location of story: 
Belfast
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A3684170
Contributed on: 
18 February 2005

This story has been input by Campbell Lawley of the BBC Bus team on behalf of Irene McFetridge, the author. The author understands and accepts the terms and conditions of the site.

I was 12 years old and living in the Bloomfield area of Belfast when the war broke out. I remember thinking it was far from Belfast, and nothing would ever happen to us as our Mum and Dad where there for us.
My first real taste of war for me was the start of the air raids, we went and stayed under the stairs of our house in Bloomfield and it was very frightening. I remember seeing my Mother baking soda bread at the door way of our cloakroom while the raid was on. The Wellington boots and coats were lined up every night in case we had to get out of the house. I also remember my Mother using flour and sieving it through a silk stocking to get the white flour for pastry and what was left made wheaten bread. Eggs were very hard to come by. My Mum used to make date and apple jam, it wasn’t nice to look at but it tasted ok.
The house next door was burned down during an air raid. I remember running up the entry and hearing what sounded like shrapnel falling onto the roofs of the houses.
Because of the burning down of the house next door we moved to Bangor where the war seemed far away. We were able to travel daily to our school in Belfast and had a great time on the train

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Family Life Category
Northern Ireland Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy