Kyle, Ada May (Oral history)

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  • 9188
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  • whole: Duration 40, Number Of Items 2
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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British schoolchild in Folkestone, Kent, 1914-1918; witnessed air raid on Folkestone by German Gotha bombers, 25/May/1917

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REEL 1: Background in Folkestone, Kent, 1909-1917: family; education; reaction to outbreak of war, 4/Aug/1914; father's service with army. Recollections of air raid by German Gotha bombers on Folkestone, 25/May/1917: description of damage to buildings and casualties in Tontine Road area; memory of mother helping treat injured man; looting from shops; story of visiting grandmother; damage to shops including Stokes & Co; number of bombs dropped; story of seeing aerial combat over Dover; relations with Canadian soldiers at Shorncliffe Camp; story of house being searched for escaped Canadian prisoners; awareness of war; attitude to Germans; story of children being given cheap sweets after bombing; memories of daily life in Folkestone. REEL 2 Continues: food shortages and rationing; queuing for food; time of air raid; effects of war on daily life; memories of Armistice celebrations, 11/1918.

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