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Letter 4 PostmarkedOctober 3rd 1940

by Frank Wallace

Contributed by 
Frank Wallace
People in story: 
Francis Alexander Wallace, (my father) Winifred Selina Wallace (nee Brown (my mother)) , Francis John Wallace (me), Doris Brown,(my aunt) Harry Brown (my Grandfather) Clara Wallace (nee Perman) - paternal grandmother) Charles Pickett (my uncle) Mrs Cox (full name unknown - client to F A Wallace)
Location of story: 
S.E London
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A8794885
Contributed on: 
24 January 2006

59 St Asaph Rd
Brockley SE4

Oct 2nd 6am Tuesday
Dear Win,
We had our worst night last night, just after 1 o/c a plane was heard circling round and he let loose, one dropped as I thought in our garden but it landed by the side of the rail track then another caught a dugout in Drakefell Rd right opposite our house no one was hurt the next landed on Beckurst [the name of the neighbours concerned] house 44 and 42, both fronts are completely down this bomb also broke the gas main and we had a beautiful fire, however it wasn’t long before the next plane spotted our fire and let drive with 4 oil bombs. These bombs contain 15 gallons of crude oil. The first one landed at the corner of Finland Rd. [an adjoining street to St Asaph] The grocers’ shop was gutted out in a few minutes. The Second dropped at 18 Revelon Rd next door to Mrs Cox [client] this also gutted out but the people in 18 are away the 3rd was more devastatious [sic] when it dropped at 8 Arica Rd right at the entrance to their Anderson Shelter and 3 people were burnt to death. The fourth landed in St Norberts Rd, very little damage done, it certainly seems that we are getting our full share in Brockley but I have faith that God will protect our home and unite us again after the dreadful war is over.

I had a letter from my Mum last night. They have been blasted, all ceiling windows and door are out she also mentions that yesterday she went to see Sid [one of my father’s five brothers who lived near Crystal palace football ground at Norwood] and he has been bombed, his roof is off and not a ceiling door or window standing. Mum has written stating that Win [my father’s younger and only sister] is going to Guildford near Charlie and wants me to get a room for her. I don’t know what to do about things.

By the way, Dad and Doll have not been up so perhaps they are staying put [dad is his father-in-law Harry Brown and Doll is his sister-in-law Doris Brown they lived in Credon Road Bermondsey]

Just a few minutes ago the warning sounded and a number of planes are overhead. I am off to the dugout as 2 bombs have just dropped close -- 1 hour later — the all clear. On investigation he dropped those 2 in St Norberts again 1 old lady injured. What a time we are having. I am just going to work the time being 11.15

May God look after our homes and bring us all safely through

Lots of love Frank XXXXX
Our Francis XXXXXX PTO

Since writing this letter I have had to lay flat on the ground twice away from bombs. I had just come out from home and got as far as Brooks [who lived three houses away at no 53] when a plane came out of the sky + dived he dropped 2 bombs at Nunhead [probably 300m distant] after the all clear I got as far as Adelaide Rd [about 2km] when again the same thing happened two bombs dropped one was coming to my right and the other to the left no warning had been given I dived in a front garden one dropped on Hilly Fields [a park] the other Cumerford Rd. What times we live in

All the best
Frank XXXXX

PS We have had 6 raids today and bombs have been dropped in Brockley each time

Wednesday night very quiet.

Frank

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