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Disasters in Offley Village

by British Schools Museum

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British Schools Museum
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Billy Dawson Thew
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Offley, Hertfordshire
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Contributed on: 
16 November 2005

Mr Thew's memory is submitted by The British Schools Museum on his behalf.

I was 12 and lived in Offley (near Hitchin, Hertfordshire) and went to Offley School. I remember running out of school when a lorry load of bombs had been in an accident on the main road. We were evacuated to the Gloucester Arms in Offley.

I remember a black American soldier ran up the hill to our cottages to tell mum to get out. Some people went to Kings Mill. Minnie Herd, the farmer’s wife was standing by a chimney stack and was saved by that when the explosion happened.

An aircraft crashed into Hanley's Farm in Offley.

I remember Brian and Mike Limbrick at my school and Angela Monk (Hillyard) too.
(See also stories A6336407 and A6336641 Brian Limbrick, A5716208 Angela Monk)

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