Monday, October 6, 2014

A PHOTO A DAY ...number TWO

Staying with the theme created in the first photo, this is the photo of Coventry Cathedral on 15th November, the day after that notorious air raid on the city of Coventry.

The caption says:  "The first incendiary bombs hit the Cathedral at about 7.40pm on November 14."


These photos also sent to us by Leslie McDonald.  He has sent many family photographs which we were very pleased to have as did another cousin (Ray Pinks) on Phil's mother's side of the family.  Through those photographs I have learned a lot about Phil's English family and much of its history as well.

14 comments:

  1. Awful to bomb a cathedral, but at least many of the beautiful windows survived.

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    1. Awful to bomb anything I guess but I doubt there was any glass left in those windows. All the beauty destroyed forever.

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    1. Destruction of any kind is sad to see but seems worse when it is done with such hate.

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  3. I remember my mum and dad telling me about the bombing raids and how hard hit cities like Coventry were. There is a church in Plymouth (England) that is a shell as it met a similar fate. However, it was left after the rubble was cleared and is now a very important memorial to the city. Another very interesting post Mimsie. These old photos are priceless, especially when they show members of the family.

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    1. I am so thankful these photos were emailed to me by members of Phil's family. Although I, as a child, saw many pictures and newsreels of mass destruction it really brings it home to one when family were involved.
      Thanks for your visit.

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  4. Wow this makes you think about how truly blessed we are. HUG B

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    1. Yes Buttons it surely does and I am thankful. xx

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    1. Yes, but war always is isn't it? So much hate and it never achieves very much in the final count.

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  6. Hari OM
    There was recently a program on telly about the cathedral and the new one which arose; (sorry can't recall the program's name). I have been there but it was school trip so only very vague memory. I do remember being a bit in awe of the place... YAM xx

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    1. I have a DVD about the bombing and the restoration sent by Phil's cousin Ray who himself was too young to remember as he is much younger than Phil.
      These photos bring home to us how dreadful war is.
      Thanks for your visit. xx

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    1. Yes I am very grateful to Leslie for all the photos he has emailed me as I have learned so much more about Phil, his early life and his family.

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