11 August 2014

11th August 1944: old lady killed who refused to use Anderson

11 Fri. Rather warm, some pleasant sunshine. Warning from 12.45 to 6.0 a.m. no incident. From 7.25 to 7.40 a.m. Two distant in SE, one very distant in E, one fairly near in N after flying through almost overhead: nasty noise! Got the usual Friday morning shopping, including buying fish at Morden. From 2.5 to 2.30 p.m. no incident. To churchyard in evening to water Dear Mother’s grave. An old lady was killed in the Whatley Av. bombing yesterday; she was one who would never go into a shelter, yet Anderson shelters in the gardens of houses of houses completely destroyed are intact! There are still people who think they are safer in houses than in shelters. Warning at 11.5 p.m.: one in SE, one went right over to explode a few miles to northward; all clear at 6.55 a.m. on 12 Sat.


  1. My grandmother was one such - she was killed by a Doodlebug in a London restaurant in (I think) 1944 because she refused to go down to the shelter. She wanted her lunch, and it killed her - she'd always been thrawn

  2. Viv, 'thrawn' - Scottish for twisted??? - to quote OED. And acknowledging your comments - most appreciated. I'm sure we'll be in touch, from Normandy to Devon.