St Leonard's Hospice: Joyce's Story

Posted on 30 October 2012 | Narrative

We were bombed in Clifton. We lived in a block of two houses, semi-detached. All that was left of the block after the hit was one wall with the a cradle and baby next to it. Only the baby survived. Afterwards we went for a walk to see the damage – lots of houses in Bootham Crescent were bombed as well.

The Germans were trying to machine gun people going into the St. Joseph’s church. The cross was riddled with machine gun bullets.

A plane came down in Imperial Hotel (pub) gardens. The pub got the name of Stalingrad because all the air force used to go in.