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Geoffrey Julier - memories of living in London during the blitz

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My earliest memory was the Blitz and living in Hackney. When bombing started, I and the boy next door sat under the table. We would watch dog fights from the garden and remember one when a German plane was shot down and a loud cheer erupted from the street. The pilot came down by parachute onto the Hackney Marshes. The street took off to capture him, closely accompanied by the Military Police - to protect the pilot.

Living upstairs with us was a lady on her own. One night she was followed home by a drunken G.I. She hammered on our door and pushed the mans hand through the letter-box. My mother hit him with police truncheon she kept behind the door. A Military Policeman living nearby came and arrested him. A couple of days later my mother received a large bunch of flowers from the American Police.


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Photograph of residents at VE Day Street Party, Hackney

Person the story/items relate to

Geoffrey Julier (the contributor)

Person who shared the story/items

Valerie Julier accompanied by Geoffrey Julier

Type of submission

Shared at Bicester Library, Oxfordshire on 25 November 2023. The event was organised by Bicester Local History Society.

Record ID

119788 | BIC009 and BIC010