World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                            Doris Booth 

Pitsmoor

By actiondesksheffield

People in story: Doris Booth (nee Turner), friend Irene South and Mrs. Rosie Grocock.
Background to story: Civilian

 

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Julie Turner of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Doris Booth.

Pitsmoor – Doris Booth

I remember there was an unexploded bomb at the corner of Clun Road and Ellesmere Road, very near to Mrs. Grocock’s fruit and vegetable shop and myself and a girl called Irene were watching from a safe distance away. The bomb disposal unit were there to detonate it, but it was said that Mrs. Grocock was trying to save some of her stock first. I cannot remember how long we waited but eventually it was blown up with such a loud bang that we ran for our lives. When we ventured back to look there was fruit all over Ellesmere Road and water gushing from the main water pipes.
Mrs. Grocock lost the shop and living quarters and went to live in a relatives house but eventually had a small lock up building built on the same site. She stayed there until 1972/73 when everyone was being rehoused. A new estate has now been built in this area.