Colin Ian Jeffery

(20th May 1942 / Caterham)

ANDERSON SHELTER


The British Government in 1939, at the outbreak of World War
Two, issued the Anderson Shelter to its population, costing £5,
6ft 6ins by 4ft 6ins. It was made out of six sheets of curved
corrugated sheets of iron, was half-buried and heaped over
with earth. The shelter saved thousands of lives.


Siren screams out the warning
German bombers coming
Death will fall from the sky
Mothers in deadly panic
Gather children, grandparents, pet dog
Hurrying them to the shelter.

Families huddle in terror
As bombs come raining down
Houses explode into rubble
Hours pass within the shelter
People sleeping fitfully
Waiting for the siren’s all clear

Emerging from the shelter
Weeping mothers embrace children
Delighted the house still stands
And no one in the street died this time
The family’s safe with the dog
All thanks to the Anderson shelter.

Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Edited: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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