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Wolverhampton centenarian's story opened up war memory for me

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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THE life story of Hilda Holden who celebrated her 100th birth day in The Bugle (July 31 edition) brought back a few memories to me.

In 1941 when I was eight I was waiting for my mate Christine Evans on her doorstep.

All of a sudden the door was shut by her aunt, a 'Rose Tolley' and Christine's mom Elsie. They were discussing something that had happened in the Second World War when a door fell in after an explosion from a bomb which had been dropped on a house in Bradley's Lane, next to railway, and a door fell in on another house.

I forgot to say I remembered it because I had my finger trapped in the door.

I ran round home two doors away and dipped my finger in Mom's bowl of new potatoes which she was scraping and had all the potato peelings hanging off.

I had a leather finger stall on my finger for eight weeks.

Anyway I was wondering if that Rose Tolley was the same person who was Hilda Holden's sister and Elsie also. Perhaps Hilda's son might let me know.

Rose Hartill,

39 Lane Street,

Bilston.

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