Edmund's Story - Growing up in the turmoil of WWII

An early escape from Germany and the London Blitz

By Hamish MacGillivray

Edmund’s mother was being followed by the Gestapo in 1930s Germany. At a party in Berlin she bumped into a British Embassy official. This was Frank a dashing Royal Naval Officer. They married and soon a son Edmund was born in 1938.

They quickly escaped Germany after Edmund was born and went to London. Edmund remembers growing up in London with the Blitz going on around him. He witnessed a flying bomb exploding in a nearby street. Edmund was taken to southern Africa for his own safety by his dad.

Edmund remembers that life in a macho southern African boarding school was very different from living with his female relatives in London. Edmund became homesick and he returned to London by plane in 1948 and his old Primary school Frith Manor in Hendon. In the 1950s he visited Germany and found his grandparents who had survived the Allied bombing.

Photo:Edmund's father Frank as Royal Naval Officer in 1942.

Edmund's father Frank as Royal Naval Officer in 1942.

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus archive

Photo:Frank in the mess at Trieste on Christmas Day 1946.

Frank in the mess at Trieste on Christmas Day 1946.

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus archive

Photo:3.	Aunt Barbara's wedding in 1944. Edmund was the only child in the party.

3. Aunt Barbara's wedding in 1944. Edmund was the only child in the party.

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus archive

Photo:Edmund's Aunt Pat (on right) in Holland as Army lorry driver in March 1945.

Edmund's Aunt Pat (on right) in Holland as Army lorry driver in March 1945.

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus archive

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