at by the Luftwaffe, Keats Lane, Earl Shilton.
I thought I might tell you a story
which I still find amusing; though at the time it occurred (during
the war) it was obviously not so. At the time, I was at Earl Shilton
R.C. School, in Mill Lane, when this particular morning a lost German
plane flew low over Keats Lane and a boy I remember as Gary Cassell
was on his way to the same school as this plane flew over, low and
sprayed machine gun bullets along Keats Lane. He ran into an entry
and dropped his scarf. When he eventually recovered it, he noticed
it contained a bullet hole.
He told the story to Michael Mortimore,
the son of the village bobby who also attended the school. On hearing
this, Mike Mortimore said 'It was a good job he had not got it wrapped
round his neck, at the time.'
So much for impromptu humour at this stage
of our lives.
I was woken up early on morning and was
later told there had been an explosion, close by in Earl Shilton.
Later that morning, it was discovered that a bomb had fallen in
the Leacrofts, and landing on soft ground restricted its
damage to killing a pig and a chicken, belonging to the Fullylore
family. It was later reported in newspapers, but owing to the war
situation, it was not given out as being Earl Shilton, only a
By Mr. T. J. Langham