Ann Edmonds

Recollections of 7 September 1940.

Born in 1922, Ann Edmonds lived in East Ham with her family at the outbreak of war in 1939. One of Ann’s most vivid memories of the war is of the afternoon of 7 September 1940, the first day of the Blitz. Ann worked in Woolworth's opposite East Ham Station. When the station took a direct hit, the blast damaged the store and Ann was buried in the rubble. Luckily, it was not long before the Auxiliary Fire Service rescued those trapped. However, as the raid was still going on there was no rest and Ann had to hurry to take shelter under a table in a nearby shop. Ann recalls: ‘When the all-clear went I remember my manager and girls looking to see if anyone was missing. I just felt numb and was in shock but I remember walking home in my red wraparound overall. People in the streets were offering me tea but I just wanted to get home’.

In 1942, Ann’s grandmother, aunt and cousin were killed in an air raid.

This page was added by Malin Lundin on 25/06/2012.