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Memories of the War - Geoffrey Coward

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posted on 2024-06-05, 16:09 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My Great-grandpa said, "It wasn't too scary for us as it felt far away. But I remember one time I was in the bedroom with my Mum and Auntie Mary and we heard an airplane go over with a deep sound and someone said "that must be a German bomber" and a minute later we heard a screechy lighter sounding plane, like a Spitfire, go over and we think it must have been chasing it to stop its bombing."

"Food was rationed - we had coupons and we couldn't get too much. The war felt far away but we knew about it. Life went on in Ramsbottom. I do remember a bomb drop in Stubbins. Great-great-grandma Rhodes' house was near to where a German bomb fell in Stubbins and they felt unsafe and the houses it landed near were taken down. Grants Tower fell down as there was a rumour that the British Forces used it as gun/target practice I think."

"My Grandad brought a German helmet back with a spike on to show us all. What else? My Uncle Dick's ship sank in the British docks. They lost all the equipment and he came home in a vest and shorts."


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1. Photo of Great Grandpa. 2. Photos Grandad has collected about the war and family experience.

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Geoffrey Coward

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Great Grandpa

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Shared online as part of the SOS: Save Our Stories campaign.


Woodhey High School, Bury, Lancashire

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98091 | SOS