Joan was five years old in 1943, her sister Babs was two years older. For safety their mother had left them with their grandparents in Chelmsford where she visited at weekends. With the Blitz over, their mother decided to take the girls back to Bethnal Green. When they heard the siren that first week at home, Babs and her older cousins rushed to the tube shelter. She died in the crush on the steps.
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