LOOKING BACK - October 8 edition

Dunchurch Working Men's Club after the bomb fell in November 1940
Dunchurch Working Men's Club after the bomb fell in November 1940

Dunchurch & Thurlaton Working Men’s Club 1940

We’ve previously mentioned the bomb falling on Dunchurch Working Men’s Club on November 19, 1940, when June Williams - who was ten at the time - was recounting her memories of that fateful evening. Her parents were the steward and stewardess and the club. Two men playing billiards were killed that night, ironically having come over from Coventry to miss the blitz.

Fortunately for June’s family, the bomb fell at 8pm, so she, her sister Cynthia and their evacuee were in the back of the building. Her father had been outside getting wood for the fire and saw the bomb coming down so told them to dive under the table. Unfortunately her mother, Kathleen Wilson, who was serving in the bar, was buried for a couple of hours and ended up in plaster from her hip to her knee. June would love to know who the boy in the picture is? She’s also not sure if the white box is a phone box, or perhaps an RAC box?