My Dad recounted to me twice in his life, what he did as a kid before being old enough to join up and be sent to India in 1944
Dad was never one to exaggerate or tell lies and rarely talked his War Experiences.
He stated very emotionally this story that obviously still gave him nightmares 60 odd years later.
He said he and his mate both aged about 15 were Cyclist Messengers responsible for taking Messages from Bootle Town Hall H Q to the Fire Brigade, who were out on call during an Attack, to change their Fire Priority.
On one occasion he came across an Ambulance full of injured and the two drivers had been killed by a blast.
He tried in vain to remove rubble from a baby's mouth that was choking but it died in his arms.
He jumped in the Ambulance and without ever had a driving lesson he drove it to to Hospital.
He said he was up for a Bravery Award but they gave it instead to his friend (Posthumously) as he was killed that night.
He couldn't remember his name, sadly.
I will be back in Liverpool Library next week and intend to go through the List of Civilian War Dead for Bootle.
Does anyone have any ideas where I could also look to find out more on this story.
Is there a list anywhere of Awards given in WW2 to Civilians ?
Any help or suggestions , greatly appreciated.