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Birmingham: Birmingham in The Blitz
Sat 7th October @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm BSTFree
Change of Topic & Presenters, booked speaker being unavailable
Birmingham in The Blitz – And Some Families Affected by It.
Presenters: Jacqui Fielding and Matt Felkin
Do you know who the first person to be killed in the Blitz was? About the Air Raid Precautions? About Morrison and Anderson shelters? Bomb maps and excavation zones? The talk reminds us of bombed buildings – St Martins Church, the Market Hall and others and goes on to explore the story of Alfred and Mabel Wakeling – Mabel died once but was buried twice due to mistaken identity.
The mother and sister of author Kathleen Dayus were killed by enemy action.
And do you know that sandbags can kill ? – three people were killed by sandbags whilst sheltering in an air raid shelter.
Jacqui is a Midland Ancestors member, one of the first members of the Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Society and also a Friend of the Key Hill and Warstone Lane cemeteries.
Find out more about the Friends from their website by clicking here
Matt is also a member of the Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Society with a wealth of knowledge about the Birmingham Blitz. Find out more about the Birmingham Blitz from their website by clicking here
Jacqui and Matt have teamed up in a personal capacity to give this talk on the history of the Birmingham Blitz with reference to a few families affected by it.