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Bootle Blitz Help please.

Postby ALAMO2008 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:35 am

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.
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:33 pm

There is such a list through Google but from my knowledge I feel that there are hundreds who don't get a mention.
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Postby jimmyocx3 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:54 pm

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Postby ALAMO2008 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:30 pm

Someone sent me to this helpful link.

http://www.old-merseytimes.co.uk/awards1941.html
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Postby ALAMO2008 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:38 pm

Thanks everyone.
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Postby jimmyocx3 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:25 pm

ALAMO2008 wrote:Thanks everyone.

No problem, please us updated on your progress, :D
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Postby ALAMO2008 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:34 pm

I think the Messenger in my Dad's story may have been, Leo Broadbridge of the Auxiliary Fire Service listed in the awards.
Perhaps he didn't die.
Perhaps that was my embellishment from a very old memory.
Anyway Anna of Windfall Films Channel 5 wanted more proof.
Wonder if Leo still alive?
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Postby jimmyocx3 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:00 pm

ALAMO2008 wrote:I think the Messenger in my Dad's story may have been, Leo Broadbridge of the Auxiliary Fire Service listed in the awards.
Perhaps he didn't die.
Perhaps that was my embellishment from a very old memory.
Anyway Anna of Windfall Films Channel 5 wanted more proof.
Wonder if Leo still alive?


Hi, it seems as if Leo was from the south end of Liverpool.
https://postimg.cc/ftPBXPrG
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Postby ALAMO2008 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:51 pm

Came across a VHS video of my Dad and Mum on holiday in South Wales at ours talking after a meal about the War.
Dad stated he was on Fire Messenger Duty with Sonny Ross in the Walkers Mission when the Bryant & May Factory across the road was Hit during the Blitz raid.

It seems he knew Sonny Ross before Dad had met my Mum in 1943 and she grew up off Marsh Street Kirkdale from 1925 with neighbour Sonny Ross.
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:28 pm

Sonny Ross was a well known character in Bootle and tales of his life are well documented on this site. I believe Bernie R may have been quite close family wise.

I lived through the Blitz and remember a lot about it but it comes back to mind very quickly when I see/hear bomb explosions on the tele. We watched Silent Witness last night and some explosion scenes from that really brought some bad memories back. To talk of it is so much better than was the actual experience.

Brexit talk is that we will be running short of fresh food in the event of no deal. That is how it was for six plus years in the war. Good news is that there were few obese people due to enforced diet from food rationing and that is a plus if food becomes limited again.
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