In her late teens, Doris worked during the day and in the winter evenings her dad would walk her to the Bethnal Green shelter before going on to his night time fire-watching duties. About 8.00pm on the 3 March 1943 they went carefully down the steps in the gloom of a blue light bulb, passing a woman with a baby on one side, and an older man on the other. Down the steps from the landing they stopped to chat to a warden who heard a commotion on the stairs above.
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