1909 - Yes, date unknown
||Violet Hildred LANGWITH |
||1 Apr 1911
||20 Chapel Row, Boston, Lincolnshire
||Charles Langwith & family
||4 Feb 1941
||Church Road, Boston, Lincolnshire
- A Night to Remember
by CSV Action Desk/BBC Radio Lincolnshire
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People in story:
Violet Clancy, Arthur Ashton (father), Violet Ashton (mother), Beryl Ashton (sister), Charles Langwith (grandfather) & Reg Wilson (uncle)
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Background to story:
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.
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||Yes, date unknown
||1. Essex Ennevers
||19 Apr 2012 |
||Charles Edmund LANGWITH, Born: 8 Nov 1874, 5 Allen Road, South Hornsey, Middlesex , Died: Yes, date unknown |
||Kate BRADLEY, Born: 1880/1, Boston, Lincolnshire |
||Boston District, Lincolnshire
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