At school, 6th class have been learning about World War II. On the 28th of November, Mr. O’Donnell’s wife’s granny, called Maureen Excell, came into the school library and talked to us about her life in World War II.
Maureen was 9 years old when the war broke out and she was 15 years old when the war ended. Maureen lived near the south coast in Sussex. Because she lived near the sea, it was a very scary time for her because there were always bombs and planes flying over her house from Germany.
During the war, everyone had a metal table. Whenever a siren went off, the family would have to hide under the metal table. When under it, you would have to put up a chicken like wire around the open area. Once the bomb or plane had passed, everyone would get out. Some people kept blankets and pillows under the table because it usually happened really late at night.
A lot of people in central London had to evacuate during the war because it was really dangerous there. Maureen had her teacher sent to live with her house. She did love her teacher but it was a bit awkward for her having her teacher over her shoulder while doing her homework!
Near the end of the war, Maureen and her friends had seen a plane shot and fall from the sky. All the children cheered because they thought it was a German plane but it was an English one. Maureen and her friends thought it was a game and wanted England to beat the Germans but Maureen’s mum gave out to her because she said that it didn’t matter which side the plane was on because someone had lost their life.
Thank you for reading.
Ella Grogan and Wiktoria Grubel 6th class