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91 of 91 Thu 21st Dec 2017 3:58pm
Member: Joined Feb 2014 Total posts:193
Kaga, I can understand how the people in the village must have feared for the safety of those who went off to fight. In reality the blitz took the lives of three teenage boys from the village, something no-one would have predicted. In addition there were at least two other former Hawkesbury residents who perished on that same night at the Motor Hotel in Radford. They would have been known to your father's generation depending on when they left the village. I am sure the same sad story was repeated across the city with people losing relatives and people they had known. I can recall a chap telling me that all servicemen who had a home in Coventry and who were in the UK at the time were given a 48 hour pass to go home and see if their family was alright and to see if their house was still standing. This man was lucky on both counts. He told me that he received a telegram to report to the Labour Exchange in Cheylesmore, and having done so was told he could either go back to the army or he could become a fireman. He chose the latter and was most surprised to receive another telegram telling him to report for duty at the Dunlop which was five minutes walk from his house in Holbrooks. He stayed there until he retired at 65.