|Memories of the Bombing of Alfred Street School, by Roy Presland
On a typical Thursday morning, October 3rd 1940, we were having a lesson when the ceiling fell down. I don't recall a bang, just the noise of falling masonry. We all crouched down below our desks (we may have been told to, but I cannot remember). When the dust had settled we were led into the air-raid shelters in the playground. During this time we didn't know that the next classroom had been devastated by a bomb, with children buried under the rubble and seven children being killed as a result. I think our teacher was Miss George later becoming Mrs Allen.
After the bombing, we had a short time off school and then most of the school moved to the top floor of the Windmill Club. I cannot remember how long I was there. Later I moved to St.Mark's Church in Highfield Road, where I finished my Junior Schooling - so never returned to the Alfred Street School building. My teachers in these latter years were- Mrs Hoffman, Mrs O'Connor and Miss Wright. Miss Wright was the teacher in the class that took the direct hit.