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West Bromwich father knew chief warden Charity Bick

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 22, 2014

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I WAS interested in the article by Mrs Cartwright in The Bugle (March 13 edition) about Charity Bick.

I lived in Albert Street. Our house was on the corner of the drive, I suppose Mrs Cartwright can recall the drive.

Charity Bick was the chief warden and as we lived near the electric sub station building in the drive, Mr Bick gave my father the key to the sub station in case the firemen needed to turn off the electric power during a raid.

I can remember the fires that Mrs Cartwright spoke about - Peacock's Store, the Old Flour Mills and The British Type Works in Victoria Street.

Two bombs dropped in Albert Street, Sam's Lane, Horton Street, and quite a few other sites during that raid.

I wonder if Mrs Cartwright can remember the smoke screens that were placed along Sam's Lane, and by the Lyng School and other side streets. These were ignited and were supposed to make clouds of black smoke. You could always smell the oil in the smoke screens when they were burning.

The fields behind Maud Road during the early part of the war was a barrage balloon site. One of the balloons broke loose, I think it brought down some telephone wires.

I cannot remember Mrs Cartwright, but my aunt, Mrs Shutt, lived in Dora Road.

B.S. Fenton,

11 Hartland Road, West Bromwich.

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