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CSV Action Desk/BBC Radio Lincolnshire
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Mr Stan Royle
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29 June 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War site by a volunteer from CSV Actiondesk on behalf of Mr Stan Royle and has been added to the site with his permission. Mr Royle fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

In January 1940 I was 15 and I became a messenger boy for the Fire Service, later I became a junior fire fighter. We used to send messages via the police boxes in the town. On 15 January 1943 I was at Thorn Bridge Fire Station in Lincoln. A string of bombs dropped in Bank Street and a delayed bomb came down by the Glory Hole and Marks and Spencers. They had to drain the river to get the bomb out. A lintel fell across 3 of us, it broke my nose and cut my face and hands. If it hadn't been for my steel helmet I would have been killed.

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