Wednesday, 9 January 2008

1944 and all that

WhiteVanLady got in touch with an interesting comment in reponse to my recent post about the air raid on Worcester Park in June 1944, which is worthy of the front page methinks. She writes:

"My mum lived in Washington Road during WWII, and it was this incident when she was 5 years old that made their family realise that bombing was making it just too dangerous to live in Worcester Park, so they decided to evacuate to Hants.

Apparently, one girl from the family that got the direct hit from the V2 was at mum's house for a children's party, and was one of the few people from that family to survive. Her mum had been pulling frantically at the rubble to try and find her and was overjoyed to find her alive.

My parents think that Worcester Park had heavy bombing as enemy aircraft "dumped" bombs unused on targets in central London on their flights back to Europe. Also, St Helier Hospital was a big, fat bright white landmark to hit.

When my son started junior school, he was asked to research the history of his house. We spoke to an old lady in our street who lived in our road (south side of Central Road) since the 1930's and she told us that a mine had blown the roof clean off our house during the war.

And there was me thinking that it was property developers in the 60's who had redesigned the upstairs rooms!"

And the blog posting also caught the eye of 8-year old Theo, who spotted the graves in Cuddington Cemetery and did some internet detective work to find out more about them. It has given me great comfort to know that there is at least one young citizen of Worcester Park observant and interested and with sufficient initiative to log on and find out about the local history of his area.

Now if only we could impart that to the oiks handing around outside KFC, whose only contribution to the community is an extra layer of spat-out chewing gum on the pavement.

I live in hope.