Alvar Liddell reads the midnight BBC news The adults of the family invariably listened to the BBC midnight news. The BBC news was always followed by "The National Anthem" and as the house was terraced and the "wireless" was against a neighbours wall there was an occasion when the neighbours arrived at the door to celebrate. Having heard the National Anthem through the wall they thought that the war was over.
Bombed Out The Turners lived in Beckenham during the second world war and their road was quite severely damaged. The only direct hit on the house was an incendiary bomb which Eddie was able to deal with by stirrup pump. However their terrace of five houses took three hits overall with a high explosive in the entry way to the recreation ground next to 110 and a another high explosive which failed to go off next door at 114. This is a lady describing her experience of being bombed .
Reporting the blitz Luckily Beckenham was a few miles away from the scene described but Pat Turner remembers watching the terrible fires as they lit up the whole skyline.
The family watched from the window from where they had watched the Crystal Palace fire some years before.Then they realised that they had better go down to the shelter.
The WW2 Air Raid Warning This was the signal to take cover in the Air raid shelter William Edward had built at the bottom of the garden. He was pouring concrete for the roof on the morning war was declared. Immediately after the broadcast the first air raid warning was sounded. Luckily it was a false alarm because a hit on the shelter at that time would have entombed the family in wet concrete.