I was preparing to post a blog about the 70th anniversary of the May 1941 Blitz and had selected a photograph showing the physical effects of the bombing. Liverpool suffered more extensive bombing (and loss of life) than any other British city outside of London. In terms of casualties, it actually registered the highest number of deaths per 100,000 population than any other city.
My blog was ready to post when I received an email from Glynn Hewitson which put the tragedy of the Blitz into perspective. Of course it was sad that many important (and less important) buildings were lost but the loss of life and the heartbreak behind each death is the real story. So instead of my intended pictures, here is a photograph of Glynn’s two year-old sister Pat, scrubbing the backyard step, just months before she became a victim to the Blitz. Here is Glynn’s story:

I was born on the 29th of August 1939, a few days before the start of the War. I was kept in Liverpool with my sister, Pat. My 10 year-old brother, Frank, was evacuated to a farm in Hereford but ran away a few times and turned up back in Liverpool. My mother had to take him back and I went with her. The transport was only once a week and I remember we missed the bus in Wales once and had to stay on the farm till the next week. My father, Gerry, was a docker, in a reserved occupation through the war.
We lived in about five different houses through the war from Chambers Street, Everton, to Waterloo and Bootle, where we were bombed out twice. My sister Pat was killed there. With me only being a baby, my mother didn’t like to talk about it, even when I grew up. The trauma of it all got to her very deeply. We moved to Wye Street at the end of the war and stayed there until 1971 when the old houses came down and we were rehoused.

This blog is dedicated to all those that died in Liverpool during the War. I can think of no more fitting image than that of an innocent two-year old playing in the sunshine with, seemingly, all her future ahead of her.

The 1941 Blitz

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