Lost Tribes The People's Memories.
WE will soon be marking the 70th anniversary of the terrifying 1941 May Blitz that affected thousands of families.
Of course, the inner city areas were prime targets for German bombers. S. Kennedy from Hightown writes: I very much enjoyed the "Lost Tribe of Everton & Scottie Road" book. My only, but important connection with the area was with Netherfield Road Hospital.
At the outbreak of World War Two, the staff there nursed me through diphtheria, which was a dangerous illness at that the time. I did hear that the hospital was bombed soon after my stay.Was this during the May Blitz, or did Adolf make a special raid ? The hospital you are referring to was the red bricked John Bagot Fever Hospital which stood on Netherfield Road North, between the Havelock and Mitford Streets.
I''m not sure if John Bagot was directly hit by German bombs during the Blitz, but it is fact that the whole of Everton Ridge and the streets sweeping down towards the docks were hammered at that time, hence the tremendous number of debris areas that all kids used as their dirt-covered playgrounds in those years after the war On 26/27 October 1940, high explosives rocked Netherfield Road where the John Bagot Hospital stood, demolishing three combined shops and dwelling houses and damaging 30 other homes. Four public houses were hit and 16 people trapped with fire greatly impeding rescue work. It is likely that the hospital suffered collateral damage. John Bagot survived until 25 February 1974 when it was finally demolished, Everton losing another famous landmark.
One nearby hospital that was definitely hit during the war was Mill Road which suffered dreadful damage on 3 May, 1941. There was significant loss of life, including 17 staff.
Watch out in this column for details of a forthcoming Trinity Mirror/Liverpool Echo May Blitz glossy magazine special edition that is being planned.
Send your street memories to: Ken Rogers, Liverpool Echo, PO Box 48,Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB.
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