Woolwich & Districts
Baths and a Tragic Birthday
I had a
friend living next door, who was the same age as me. On October
8, 1940, it was his birthday, and we decided to commemorate
it by going swimming in Plumstead Baths.
to find that a bomb had fallen on a shelter in Woolwich Arsenal,
and it killed 200 people. They were using the baths for the
mortuary, so we couldn’t go swimming. So we had to go
back home then, and in the evening we had a big raid, so we
went into the shelter.
landed on the fence between their shelter and our shelter, and
my friend was killed and so was his mother. I was blinded, so
I lost most of the sight in my left eye, but they operated and
saved the sight in my right eye after the war.
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