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Memories of V1 Rocket hit, 1944

Introduction

Julie Edwards wrote in response to George Forgan's request for information relating to a V1 rocket hitting 63 Clayponds Avenue, Brentford in July 1944.

My mum, nee Joan NEIGHBOUR was 20 years old at the time and was working at Simmons (the old Lucozade/Beechams building) when they heard the blast. She said she knew the JENNINGS family at number 63; the mother, her 2 daughters, one of whom had 2 children and the other who had just had a baby, were all killed as a result of a direct hit on the house.

My grandmother was on her way to collect her son from school on Ealing Road Bridge and my mum said she always mentioned that the blast almost blew her off her feet.

Footnote

FreeBMD and ancestry.co.uk include the following Jennings death registrations in the Brentford Registration District in th July-August-September quarter of 1944:
  • Phoebe V Jennings, age 56, page 181
  • Constance M Jennings, age 19, page 181
  • David Jennings, age 0, page 319
  • Emily J Jennings, age 68, page 349

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Published October 2010