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30 May 2013

30th May 1943: London quiet; Devon tragedy

30 Sun. Rather warm; some really hot sunny periods. Went to see the "Hurricane" in Mostyn Gardens. A platform has been erected beside it, and the public are allowed to go up and look in the cabin and have things explained to them. Warning from 2.0 to 2.25 a.m.: no incident.

On this day. Meanwhile, 190 miles away, in Devon, German aircraft bombed and machine-gunned the English seaside resort of Torquay.  The principal target appeared to be a church - St Marychurch - where children were gathering for Sunday School. There were many other incidents nearby. It is believed 26 people were killed, most of them children attending the Sunday School. Among those who died at the time or later in hospital were these young people and adults.

GLADYS BEALE - 12 years old
PHOEBE LOUISA COOK  - 12 years old
MARGARET COOKE - 11 years old
IRENE DAVIS - 9 years old
JOYCE SYLVIA GIFFORD - 11 years old
EILEEN FLORENCE HARE - 10 years old
JOAN MARGARET LOVEDAY - 13 years old
 KATHLEEN McDONALD - 11 years old
GERALD BABBAGE - 9 years old
PETER BARBER - 9 years old
AUBREY HAROLD BROWN - 10 years old
EDWARD CHARLES W. BURN - 10 years old
SYLVIA MARY DANIEL - 9 years old
KENNETH NORMAN HELLIER - 12 years old
DONALD THOMAS J. HEXT - 10 years old
GEORGE HORACE LAVERS - 13 years old
MARY LILIAN PERROTT  - 12, Michael's twin
MICHAEL FRANK PERROTT - 12, Mary's twin
BETTY EDWINA REES - 13 years old
VALERIE GRACE TAYLOR - 14 years old
PAULINE CYNTHIA RYDER - 12 years old
CHARLES COLLINGS - 75 years old
CLIFFORD  COOKSLEY - 16 years old
WILLIAM CRIBBETT - 14 years old
EDITH ELSON - 18 years old
EDITH FOX - 58 years old
MARSHALL GABBETT-MULHALLEN - 80 years old
ALICE JAMIESON - 26 years old
HERBERT  MARSHALL - 77 years old
LETITIA MARSHALL - 41 years old
MARIE MARSHALL - 70 years old
THERESA SCANES - 67 years old
VIOLET  SCOTT - 62 years old
AUDREY SHARKEY - 21 years old
ELSIE SHEPHERD - 30 years old
RUBY TREEBY - 56 years old

Please see: The bombing of St Marychurch, Torquay - with acknowledgements and appreciation.

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