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You will say you saw Coventry burn

by Gladys Jones

A vivid memory from the 1939 war was when a land mine was dropped near the cottages. We all spent the night at Clent, but my mum said, "In the morning we are going home, if we're going to die, we may as well all die together. We crept under the barriers, the police shouted "'you fools but remember do not to light the gas and have the windows open". I stood with my father on the front door step, November 1940; I think I had my father's helmet on my head. He was an air-raid warden, my dad, after work. He said to me "'When you are old you will say that you saw Coventry burn'"-the sky was a bright orange-yellow.

© QLHS 2005

 

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