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Malvern
Somerset
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91 of 96  Tue 17th Nov 2020 5:14pm  
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Kaga, Strange you should post on this thread as I was investigating the earlier 5th May 1939 bombings. I had just looked up on here to see if I could find out anymore. The August bombing is referred to as the "forgotten" one but I've just found out about this event reported in the Coventry Herald of 6th May 1939: I've just found this while looking into the Priory Gate building (The Flying Standard). This event took place during the IRA bombings of 5th May 1939. The bombs were left in the early hours of the morning and no one was injured. 5 stores were targeted - Messrs Goodlys, furniture store in Earl Street, Corporation Electricity Showrooms in Corporation Street, Messrs Rhodes, china shop in Trinity Street (7 Trinity Street part of the Priory gate building) and Messrs Anslows, furnishers in High Street. A fifth bomb was successfully removed by police officers from the Co-operative Society's stores in Smithford Street. I see that the police officer in the report is P.C. Rollins! 😮 I knew about the 25th August Broadgate bombing but hadn't really been aware of this before! Edited by member, 17th Nov 2020 5:15 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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92 of 96  Wed 18th Nov 2020 10:36am  
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Malvern. I had little idea about things in 1939, but by 1950 I knew a lot, but the police warned me to drop it, they didn't want to have things stirred up again, so I did. Then, about four years ago, I picked up some old papers off a market stall and there was the Mirror story of the Coventry bomb.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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93 of 96  Thu 19th Nov 2020 3:47pm  
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On 17th Nov 2020 3:59pm, Kaga simpson said: . . . . Had the bus stop been where it was in the blitz, it would have been a different result with different people. At the back of my mind over the last few weeks I have been struggling to find why I was sure about it, now triggered it’s come back - I used to catch the Keresley bus from Broadgate to visit my cousin's, throughout the thirties. No, that bus stop was moved, from outside Samuel's to further down outside Duvals.
Hey Kaga, it looks like you are right about the bus stop moving (clever bus stop! Wink ). I've re-scanned this original postcard greatly magnified, and although it's still not 100% clear, it does appear likely that it says "KERESLEY" on the sign outside Samuel's. Smile Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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94 of 96  Thu 19th Nov 2020 4:04pm  
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I love it when everybody's right Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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95 of 96  Thu 19th Nov 2020 4:26pm  
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Win win Cheers
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Kaga simpson
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96 of 96  Fri 20th Nov 2020 8:55am  
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Thank you Helen.
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