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Letter: Viewpoints - Everyone did their bit to win the war.

Byline: Barbara MacArthur

IT was reported in the news recently, that thanks to representations, Land Girls and Timber Jills will be yet another group who will be awarded a badge or medal to commemorate their service during World War II.

I agree they did a grand job but do not see the point of singling them out as during the Blitz during World War II everybody of all ages was involved one way or another, not just those serving in the forces etc.

For example in Riverside, Cardiff, the disabled, arthritic 88-year-old who with a stirrup pump and buckets of water put out the fire caused by an explosive incendiary, which crashed through her roof onto the landing. The 13-year-old girl next door scrambled over the iron railings of a nearby park and gardens (Despenser Street) and extinguished incendiaries by frantically shovelling earth knowing if she didn't succeed the fires would guide the German bombers to the surrounding residential area in Cardiff.

Ordinary people didn't have telephones and could not summon the fire brigade for each and every incendiary bomb that started a fire as the emergency services had enough to deal with when large buildings were on fire and people had to be rescued after bombing.

Civilians put out the incendiaries and many purchased their own bucket and stirrup pump.

Others used buckets of water or sand, whatever was available.

Explosive incendiaries destroyed Canton High which used to be in Market Road, now Chapter Arts Centre.

Two girls at the school had already perished in a ship evacuating them to Canada or the USA which was torpedoed by the Germans.

Writing paper was in short supply so a teacher ripped pages from their books and gave them to the class.

The pupils did not realise that until they saw the girls' names written at the top of a couple of pages.

Barbara MacArthur Cranbrook Street, Cardiff

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 5, 2008
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