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Violet Hildred LANGWITH

Violet Hildred LANGWITH

Female 1909 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name  Violet Hildred LANGWITH 
    Born  1909  Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1 Apr 1911  20 Chapel Row, Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charles Langwith & family
    Charles Langwith & family
    1911 census
    Misc  4 Feb 1941  Church Road, Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • A Night to Remember
      by CSV Action Desk/BBC Radio Lincolnshire
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      Archive List > Air Raids and Other Bombing

      Contributed by
      CSV Action Desk/BBC Radio Lincolnshire
      People in story:
      Violet Clancy, Arthur Ashton (father), Violet Ashton (mother), Beryl Ashton (sister), Charles Langwith (grandfather) & Reg Wilson (uncle)
      Location of story:
      Lincolnshire
      Background to story:
      Civilian
      Article ID:
      A4377161
      Contributed on:
      06 July 2005

      This story was submitted to the People’s War site by a volunteer from CSV Action Desk on behalf of Mrs Violet Clancy and has been added to the site with her permission. Mrs Clancy fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

      I was 9 and a half years old and my sister 14 and a half years old when war was declared.

      On February 4th 1941 my mother, father, grandfather, sister and myself were sitting in our house in Church Road, Boston, when a frightening whistling sound followed by a loud impact sound made us realise that a bomb had been dropped that had not detonated. I dived under the nearest piece of furniture, which happened to be a dining room type chair. My grandfather tottered across the room making for the door and trod on my feet that were sticking out — “ouch!” The soot out of the chimney had “puthered” out all over the hearth, putting out the fire and covering the fallen ornaments off the fireplace. A great crashing sound had come from the pantry and every item was in pieces except two dishes that had been given to mother by my late Grandma Kate Langwith, her mother. My father rushed outside and saw that the bomb was a few yards from the back of the house. He said he could hear the ticking and got his spade to dig it out! Fortunately, an air raid warden had arrived and prevented him from such an action and told us we must leave the house immediately. We put our coats on and went out into the cold night to a house further up the road. The people out of the 7 houses and an old mansion were evacuated. They were all recently built houses, we had lived in ours only 11 months. It was my mother and father’s dream home. The surrounding area was allotments and fields. We were not far away from the Boston Ducks so we presumed the German Bomber had been aiming for that target. My uncle took us to his home and my grandfather went to his other daughter’s home. My father had worked all hours to earn enough to have a new house built and had tried to dig the ticking bomb out before it exploded and demolished the home he had saved up for. The bomb went off in the early hours of the morning. The house looked intact but it had moved on its foundation and was shaving great cracks all over it. It was no longer fit for habitation. My uncle got some helpers to move everything out into some garages he was in charge of in a large yard he looked after.

      My sister’s gold chain bracelet with a locket attached was looted and my large metal humming top went missing, other things were taken also. The bracelet had been left to my sister by Grandma Kate. The next day my sister had to walk to Boston High School, the other side of the town, as she had not got her bicycle, she had to borrow her cousin’s pixie hood (a fashion at the time) as she had forgotten to get her school hat when she left our house. She arrived at school late and when her form mistress asked “why are you late?” she replied “we were bombed out last night,” the mistress said “sit down” and that was that. You had to be tough in those days, no help came from anywhere except relatives. My mother found a house eventually to rent, not easy in those days. A while later the next street was bombed and my sister became hysterical, screaming, “They’ve followed us, they’ve followed us!” The house was taken down and rebuilt after the war ended, as we insured, but my mother never felt the same about her dream home and I am sure that contributed to the depression she suffered later on.

      'WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar'
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I27575  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified  19 Apr 2012 

    Father  Charles Edmund LANGWITH,   Born:  8 Nov 1874, 5 Allen Road, South Hornsey, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Kate BRADLEY,   Born:  1880/1, Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1898  Boston District, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F8763  Family Group Sheet

    Family (spouse)  Arthur ASHTON,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1925  Boston District, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Beryl ASHTON
     2. Violet H ASHTON
    Family ID  F8764  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1909 - Boston, Lincolnshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1911 - 20 Chapel Row, Boston, Lincolnshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1925 - Boston District, Lincolnshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - 4 Feb 1941 - Church Road, Boston, Lincolnshire Link to Google Earth
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