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The tragedy of Albert Road, Portishead

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posted on 2024-06-05, 17:14 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

The family home was bombed on 3 September 1940. Four people on the road were killed. We haven't got any antiques; they were all damaged. In the house were Mum, Dad, my older sister Joan, and myself. I was 6 years old. Mum was by the gate talking to two gentlemen. I was in the shelter and wanted Mum, so my sister went to get her. Mum returned to the shelter and escaped. The two men were killed.

St Peter's School was turned into a medical centre, and we went to Slade Road school part-time. I was shell-shocked, so I was sent to the convent. We didn't live in the house for several years.

Father had been in WWI but was in the ARP doing his job during the bombing. Geoff Crease was a young teenager at the time and watched the bombs being dropped. Afterwards, he wrote a history of every bomb dropped on Portishead.

Mother was a sandbag filler; they would meet in the folk hall car park and fill sandbags (see photo).

As a child, we had to queue for rationing. Once, the local butcher served me two slices of corned beef for meat.

Our brother served in El Alamein, Egypt, and Italy during the war, so he wasn't there when the house was bombed.


Item list and details

1. Photos of 18 Albert Road, including bomb damage 2. Identity card 3. PDF scans of "The Tragedy of Albert Road" and "When the Bombs Fell"

Person the story/items relate to

Morgan family

Person who shared the story/items

Joan Herbert

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Family members

Type of submission

Shared at Portishead Library, Somerset on 4 December 2023.

Record ID

104323 | POR004