Brighton Behind the Front e-book By Nicola Benge
Brighton Behind the Front - e-book uncovers
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First published in 1990, Brighton behind the Front was originally produced in collaboration with the now defunct Lewis Cohen Urban Studies Centre, in the same series as Backyard Brighton and Back Street Brighton.
It brings together a collection of Brighton World War II wartime reminiscences and documents how ordinary people in the city were affected by the war. This was a challenging time in British history, giving rise to moving accounts of individual lives set against a society undergoing profound changes.
Using personal recollections, contemporary photographs, letters, a logbook and diaries, Brighton behind the Front vividly portrays what it was like to live in this south coast town during the Second World War.
There were fifty six air raids on Brighton although the sirens sounded 'the alert' 1,058 times. One hundred and ninety eight Brightonians lost their lives in air raids. The last raid was on 22 March 1944. Much disruption of ordinary life took place in civilian Brighton, even more in London, so constantly raided from the air with incendiaries and high explosives by day and night. But Brighton had many unpleasant 'incidents' as they were called in ARP (Air Raid Precaution) language. Michael Comm - Brighton behind the Front
Was taking the barrow down just after this when a light van, with Ambulance on it in red, drove up and we directed it and helped it back towards the mortuary: two more, built to take four, two per side. Moved the lower one on side first. Then the second one higher up was a job and while doing it grazed the thumb and finger of my hand. First one was a very heavy old woman, second a man - only knew from the stockings, shoes and trousers, as they were covered and left them so.
Thumb was bleeding, asked where I could get some antiseptic - First Aid Post - but wasn't going to worry them when they'd got near dead folk needing attention. Thought of nurse on duty in nearby Howard Ward and she fixed it with iodine, tho' said I should go over to FAP as if wound turned septic she was responsible. Saw dead woman I'd lifted into FAP brought into mortuary. In there in the chapel, which seemed to be thought a terrible thing, was a man with a dark blue tin hat on the stretcher with FAP on. There was a small hole torn thro' the rim of the helmet - three thicknesses at the edge. 'His tin hat didn't
This extract is taken from 'Brighton behind the Front' and is reproduced with the permission of the Trustees of the Mass-Observation Archive, the University of Sussex.
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