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- People in story:
- Ivy Llewellyn
- Location of story:
- Thonrton Heath near Croydon, Eastbourne, Coventry
- Background to story:
- Civilian Force
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 27 October 2004
My husband and I. Note that the photograph was autographed for us by Mrs Clementine Churchill
We lived in Thornton Heath near Croydon after our marriage. Before our wedding we went to church to finalize the arrangements: my future husband was in the Fire Service and while we were there the sirens went and he had to report for duty and left me at the church.
My wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses were at home and had to be moved for safety because a bomb had been dropped and was embedded in the next-door neighbour’s settee!
On our wedding day the Chief Fire Officer and fire service friends attended and, halfway through the service, the Air Raid sirens went the fire service crews had to leave, but my future husband was allowed to stay!
Due to the severity of the bombing we spent our wedding night in an air raid shelter with about eight other guests.
My husband and I later had the great honour of meeting the Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine who kindly autographed a photograph of us.
(See photograph above.)
My job to help towards the war effort was working in a factory with a large group of ladies making hypodermic needles for the hospitals and other medical organizations.
Due to the heavy bombing where we lived we spent a lot of our time in the air raid shelters, which were most of the time under water, and our furnished fiat was badly hit.
Then when 1 went to live near Upperton Rd a landmine was dropped across the road a direct hit killed nine people.
When my husband was in the front line with the Fire Service in Coventry he attended a fire at the Cathedral, and he fell when the roof collapsed.
After the war I visited Bertesgarten, Hitler’s retreat, with my second husband.
During the war my second husband designed underwater missiles for the Americans.
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