to the Leicester bombing record.
Station sidings, rear of Kitchener Road: I have no recollection
of a bomb there (as suggested in Carswell, Johnson, Kirrane 1989;
Cartwright 1998) and since I was at St. Barnabas virtually
every day I am sure to have been aware of it.
East Park Road: immediately uphill
from the corner with Park Vale Road. This crater disrupted the tram
service and I had to make a detour (on cycle) to avoid it on my
way to school (up Gwendolen Road, right through the allotments alongside
the brook, and right again down Bradbourne Road).
Spinney Hill Park: crater (or more
than one?) in the mens cricket pitch (i.e. opposite Blanklyn
Victoria Park Road: the large house standing
between St. Marys Road and Knighton Park Road was almost totally
demolished and the space still exists.
Kitchener Road: our friends
house at No.183 had a bomb in the back garden and the house had
to be rebuilt.
25 Elms Road: my wifes family
were trapped in the shelter when their house collapsed. I understand
that the bomb was at the front of the house. Much building has taken
place since, providing a nursing home and Sackville Gardens (which
was part of the family garden).
All of the above were 19th November 1940.
Two of my contemporaries at the Wyggeston
School (the Lloyd brothers - both small boys) lost their lives that
night , in either Highfield Street or Severn Street. A man whom
I knew was an A.R.P. Warden operating in that same area; he recounted
that he stood with a Police Constable on the corner of St.Peter's
Road and Highfield Street and they agreed to walk in opposite directions
"round the square"; he never saw the P.C. again.
By Dr. A. Burrows
Carswell, J.; Johnson, R. & Kirrane, S. (eds) 1989 Ours
To Defend... Leicestershire's people remember the home front.
The Leicester Oral History Archive & The Mantle Oral History
Cartwright, T.C. 1998 Birds Eye Wartime Leicester
TCC Publications, Leicester.