Sunday, February 02, 2014

A Message From The Past

Several years ago when i was employed as a furniture restorer i discovered this old letter in a dresser i was mending.I took it home meaning to investigate it later but forgot about it. A couple of days ago when looking for something else i found it and read it through . I'm not sure about it because it seems to be a photo-copy of an original letter. I'm sure the original letter is genuine but if someone could cast some fresh light on it i would be very grateful. I'd love to know what happened to Pam & Jill because it is possible they are still alive.If you click on the pages you should be able to read them.

Thorn Farm
Bridford
Nr Exeter
4/5/42

Dear Mummy & Daddy,
                                         We had a terrible raid on Exeter this morning.The warning sounded at about 1.45 am. We got up and went downstairs.Soon the planes were over and bombs were dropped, Jean & i dived under the dining room table. Then Mrs Every went up-stairs and shouted or rather screamed that the house was on fire. We all went upstairs & Jean &i took turns in pumping the stirrup pump and the water was coming out the top & Jean & i got soaked as we only had a nightdress, bed jacket,dressing gown & a raincoat on. While we were pumping  Jerry dropped H & S & and it blew the windows in & it blew Jean into the pool of water that the stirrup pump had made. Then i went into the bedroom &just got the things which were on the chair by my bed & went downstairs & stood in the passage leading to the kitchen &Jean & i were awfully cold as we had wet things on and the window had been blown out.  Then the roof fell in & H& E's still dropping near us.. When it had quietened down again we went out the back door and gate & went across to the children's home where they were bringing in patients from the City Hospital.Then we went to number 9 in The Cres' & then we were lent clothes.We stayed there until about 7.45 & then we came out to the farm which is 10 miles away from Exeter. We've hardly got any clothes left. I have lost my new hat &coat also my glasses in the fire. All i have is a pair of shoes,also slippers, stockings,i pair knickers,2 bodices,2 vests,1  nightdress, i bed jacket, 1 school blouse, 1 dressing gown & rain coat. That's all we got.

                                                                                                     Miss Every said will you please wire or write as soon as possible to me to let me know which train you would like me to catch, also which day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't come down to fetch me because you couldn't sleep here at the farm.
                                                                                                         It was absolutely a nightmare as we were having dive bombings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mrs Every hasn't a stick left of her house except 2 pictures.The house is absolutely gutted. Nothing left of the house except the 4 walls.
                                                                                             Hope you are all well. See you all soon.
                                                                                               xxxxxx Love Pam xxxxxxx


1 comment:

robertyboberty said...

Hello Pat. What happened to your copy of the letter? I think I might have the original. Did you have any response? It is a moving account. Robertyboberty