I took a book out of the local library this week (Bizarre Brighton by C. Horlock), and found an interesting chapter telling of a bombing in the Edward Street area of Brighton. The bomb fell at 8.17pm on Wednesday 18th September, 1940 during the Second World War. It fell directly on to White Street, which is the next street to Blaker Street. Blaker Street is where my father (Gordon Charles Dinnis) and the Dinnis family were living at that time.
Here is an excerpt from ‘Bizarre Brighton’ “White Street received a direct hit. Several people at numbers 2, 4, 5 and 6 were killed, as was a seventy-two year-old woman living at 5 Blaker Street, the next street up… two bombs were dropped and their impact was staggering. The wheels of a mangle in one of the White Street houses ended up embedded in a roof in the next street. the second bomb fell on a builder’s yard in neighbouring Mighell Street and flung a massive iron girder, twelve feet long and weighing two hundredweight over the rooftops into White Street… from the same workplace, a wheelbarrow was also blown over the White Street roof line, a distance of more than 300 yards.”
The German bomb destroyed six houses and killed eleven people. The photograph above came from the site here: http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__7967.aspx
Here is a photograph of my father (right) and his younger brother Ron outside their family home in Blaker Street. The photograph was taken in 1941 the year after the bombing when Gordon would have been aged 17 or 18.
Here is another photograph of the family home in Blaker Street, this was taken in 1978. Standing outside are (left to right) Gordon, Jack and Nancy. Blaker Street is a really steep street, I don’t know if the photographs give that impression. It was always a struggle walking up it!