Walking out. Belsen 1945-2015: John Payne
( for reading at the former train station at Midford)
In April 1942, Bath was bombed in the so-called Baedeker raids.
Over 400 civilians were killed, a thousand injured.
A thousand buildings were damaged beyond repair, and many people made homeless.
But life went on.
My mother walked out along blackthorn Cowslip lanes that lead from Monkton Combe Past Tucking Mill to here at Midford. She said, my Mum, that it was perfect The loveliest place on God’s whole earth Why would you want to travel? and yet The sad noisy world came to find her Bombed out of her home, worrying Over her first-born, my sister. Someone else’s house, pregnant again Her husband, my father, hero of Another war, while Esther, half- Starved is crawling towards Belsen, The pity of it all, the pity.