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Anderson Shelter


Anderson Shelter letter.
Photo: Ernest Pyke
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Item #: 22892
Needless to say we bought it. Moved it out of the ground and used it as a garden shed.
They were easy to assemble but the hard part was digging a hole because at least half of it had to be below ground level.
I was speaking to the Liverpudlian lady in charge of the private museum in Llandudno many years ago. When I mentioned the Anderson Shelter she said "What`s that, we had a Morrison Shelter." So I said "What`s that"
The Morrison was an indoor one which was a steel plate supported off the ground so that you could sleep underneath it.
I met a Londoner who uses his Morrison as a workbench!
Wonder how many of these shelters were made and how many still being used.
We left our Anderson in Queensway in 1958 when we moved to Shevington.

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 11th March 2013 at 18:25

Appears to be signed by Sir Ian Mckellen's dad.Ernest.

Comment by: Albert. on 11th March 2013 at 19:25

My friend had an Anderson shelter in their backgarden, in Harvey Street, Lower Ince. During the war we would play in it. One day it would be the inside of a submarine, and another day it would be the inside of a bomber, mostly a bomber, his brother was serving in the R.A.F.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th March 2013 at 20:34

I think you are right Dave! See;_
Albert, Did the shelter you played in get any water in?
Ours got a lot of water in.
Our house in Queensway was right beneath the flight path of the German bombers going to Liverpool. A bomb dropped near to the railway viaduct on the Whelley loop line, about half a mile away. It was said that a train was on the viaduct and the fireman was using his shovel. Our gang went to the crater the next morning, a Saturday and I got a piece of shrapnel.

Comment by: maggie on 12th March 2013 at 09:42

We had a Morrison which was used as a kitchen table, the underneath part was used for storage.

Comment by: Albert on 12th March 2013 at 10:41

Ernest. Relative to your question. I can't remember the shelter getting water in it. If so, it wasn,t much, or I am sure I would have remembered it.

Comment by: Albert. on 12th March 2013 at 15:59

Ernest. I have some recollection,that an article was written, by a railwayman, in the "Past Forward" magazine, several years ago,relating to a doodlebug, dropping in that locallity, whilst he was on the footplate.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 12th March 2013 at 22:05

Albert, it wasn`t a doodlebug. They didn`t have the range to come so far.

Comment by: Mick on 14th March 2013 at 15:56

I don't know if a doodlebug was responsible for the damage mentioned above, but they did reach Lancashire.
The Germans conducted experiments launching them from modified HE-111 Heinkel bombers to extend their range, and on Christmas Eve 1944 they landed at Oldham, Oswaldtwistle, Tottington, and Bamber Bridge.
37 people were killed in the Oldham raid, and 6 in the Tottington raid.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 15th March 2013 at 09:06

Mick, the bomb dropped on Friday evening 10th January 1941 (it`s in my first diary) and didn`t half rattle our front door.
"Extracts From The Lancashire Control Centre Incident Record Books 1939-45 (Includes personal updates) Mark S Gaskell", website:-
This incident isn`t listed.
"Wigan Remembers" - a research book on World War II, website:-
Entry for January 1941: Germany continues to bomb Britain. Liverpool and Manchester heavily bombed.
Re my comment at 05:20 on your P-a-D today, an extract from this BETA research website:-
Bombs Dropped on Wigan
One night a German bomber dropped a stack of bombs on a grave yard in Goose Green. The Warden called in and the telephonist tried to ascertain if this was an exercise where-upon she was told in a loud voice “Nay missus this is a real un”.
The next bomb to drop destroyed an Independent Methodist chapel in Greenough Street. I think the sirens went after the bomb and one of the volunteers who lived nearby dashed out to get on duty and ran right through the incident arriving at Report & Control with a black face and a very startled look!
Joan Johnson, Wigan

Comment by: Mick on 15th March 2013 at 15:05

Clearly a different incident then, Ernest.
I just wanted to explain that there were VI doodlebug raids this far north.

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