Norman Thrower

Photo:A photograph of Norman's mother.

A photograph of Norman's mother.

Norman Thrower

Recollections of 24 July 1944.

On 24 July 1944, Norman was out playing with a friend after school. Suddenly the boys heard the sound of a doodlebug in the sky and quickly rushed for shelter as the engine cut out right above. Norman recalls, ‘there was a Big explosion and when we came out there was Dust and debris. We ran back Home but was stopped from going towards our House which was in ruins’. Norman’s mother had been killed by the bomb and his baby sister had been injured. Norman was only nine years old at the time he lost his mother.

Shortly after the incident, Norman and his sister were taken by his aunt and cousins to his grandmother in Ipswich. When his aunt and cousins left, the siblings were billeted with another family in the area. After six months, Norman and his sister returned to Keston. Whereas his sister went to live with their aunt, Norman moved in with his father, a dock worker, in a requisitioned house.

The incident on 24 July 1944 has left a deep imprint on Norman: ‘Even now I still have the odd Tear when I think back to those days and I still carry a Photo of Mother in my wallet’.

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