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Albert Edward Cramp of Coventry

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posted on 2024-06-05, 20:12 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Josephine Seymour was six years old during the war. She was sheltering in Drapers' Hall next to the Cathedral. She was in an air raid shelter during the Blitz. Her whole area was destroyed. She survived and never evacuated. After the war, when she was eleven, the Red Cross took children from Coventry and Birmingham to Switzerland.

All the objects belong to Albert Edward Cramp, the contributor's great-uncle, who lived in Coventry. He had tuberculosis, so he could not fight. He worked at Armstrong Whitworth. He worked as a fireman. Off duty, he was a member of Air Raid Precautions (ARP). He had been in the attic.

Albert lived in Coventry during the war and died in 2014. His two sons were clearing the house and said that they were going to put the objects in the bin. However, the contributor kept the objects, and the grandchildren took them to school. The contributor is not sure where the gas mask and bag are from.

Albert would not talk much about the war except that they had to collect body parts from trees. He would not write his memories down despite his being interested in family history.

The contributor got a book about ARP to find out more.


Item list and details

1. Gas mask. 2. Helmet. 3. Bag.

Person the story/items relate to

Albert Edward Cramp

Person who shared the story/items

Karen George

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

He was the contributor's great-uncle.

Type of submission

Shared at Coventry Cathedral, Warwickshire on 9 September 2023.

Record ID

97639 | COV021