Florence Dowdle was brought up in Barton and Tredworth during the Second World War. She lived in Napier Street for much of her childhood, and has clear memories of the day a German bomb fell on Gloucester – it fell on the houses opposite her home in Napier Street on the morning of the 2nd of January 1941. At this time, Florence had not long been out of hospital after suffering from scarlet fever – what a way to be welcomed home.
In this selection of audio clips and a digital story, Florence recalls some of her memories of wartime in Barton and Tredworth, the shops, rationing and also how the bombing of Napier Street affected the local people living in the area.
Click here for the digital story.
Interview by Mag Medynska, edited by Tom Charnock