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My uncle John Franklin was the PC on duty there on the night of the bombing and was rewarded with a Queens Commendation after the relief efforts, a group of men came out from the pub to put in a co-ordinated effort to help, sadly a generation has passed, as he did over 50 years ago and there is no-one left to ask.
I can not work out how to put this post on here other than as a reply so sorry if this is wrong:
I was born in Birmingham on 28 November 1932. We lived at Back of 60 Ashley St. We moved to no. 60 in the Spring of 1939. I remember the day war was declared and I remember the day we were bombed out in November 1940. Luckily we were visiting our Grandmother. We missed the last bus from Acocks Green otherwise we’d have been in the house. So that was fate!
I have so many happy memories living in Ashley St. I has to go to Starkey’s Bakery to get a pennies worth of cake crumbs, when Inwas 5 and a half years old. I used to pick all the chocolate bits out on the way home. We were near the Broadway cinema and the church on the corner. I think it was called St Luke’s. our house looked on to the side of the church. We were very near the top of Ashley St, near the Bristol end. I can still hear the trams going along to the Lickey Hills.
We had a big stone sink in the brew house and in the summer my Mother used to bath the kids in the yard. They were happy days. I’m 87 now but luckily can still remember everything of our life in Ashley St.