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Effects of evacuation; later near miss from V1 "doodlebug"

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In 1940, aged six, at the start of the Blitz, my parents sent me initially to Bridport, Dorset, but evidently as I was very unhappy there, found me a school at Baydon, Wiltshire, where I remained until 1943, together with other evacuees. I have since realised that, like other evacuees, I must have suffered from Attachment Theory, as described by John Bowlby in his 1940s research about refugees. I can vividly recall being carried to an air raid shelter during the raid which, no doubt, lead to being evacuated but have virtually no memory of life or my family before that date. Furthermore, I have no recollection of my parents taking me, visiting me nor eventually returning me home though I can remember, events and names of other children while an evacuee in Baydon which I recall as a happy period.

On returning home to London in 1943 my memories are a little confused but by 1944 I was attending school in central London, experiencing raids of V1 and then V2 rockets, affecting travel on the Northern Line and periods in air raid shelters at school. I was returning home in 1944 on a 102 bus in Lyttelton Road, N2 when a V1 fell opposite in Widecombe Way, causing fatalities, nearly toppling the bus as I was about to get off, then continuing the next stop, from where I recall walking home through shattered shop windows. As I recall it was just another day in an eventful period, taking shelter on another occasion on seeing a V1 about to fall.

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Philip Moleman

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