Can anybody help Sylvia Pargeter find a Pre-Blitz photograph of her childhood home at No 10 Kennington Lane?
Miss Pargeter was 12 when in 1939 she became one of the thousands of children evacuated from London to safety in the countryside. The next time she saw her family home, which was above the family business, Pargeter and Harvey, Bedding Manufacturers, it was a hole in the ground. In 1941 No 10 Kennington Lane was hit by a mine and then by incendiaries.
Miss Pargeter, now 85 and living in Hove, remembers being taken to see the remains of her home by her late brother Ronald, a Mosquito navigator. Their parents, sheltering in the cellar, had managed to survive. Not so Nicky, the family cat, nor Bobby, their pet Airedale. The family lost everything but the clothes Mr and Mrs Pargeter were wearing and Mrs Pargeter’s handbag. Hence no photographs of home.
Seeing that TVS is doing guided Blitz walks (Sunday 12 February, repeated Friday 17 February, both 11 a.m., starting from Starbucks, Vauxhall Station), Miss Pargeter has written to TVS for help in finding a pre-war picture of 10 Kennington Lane. ‘I’d be so very grateful and excited to trace a photo of my home before it was destroyed,’ she says.
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