Christ, talk about making you feel old!
I can remember burning my fingers picking up bits of shrapnel and other metal fragments which my three or four year old brain convinced me were bullet pieces from aerial gunners while I was being taken to kindergarten by my old mum before she went to her shift in a munitions factory.
Hope that the German word kindergarten for infants school is not considered traitorous to anyone, we are all friends again now!
Bomb sites were a thing of wonder to us kids in the post war years, you could imagine you were on the moon, up Mount Everest, or invading Germany with a cap gun!
A high explosive bomb hit Wansey Street at 00.40am on 9 December 1940. This was a particularly heavy raid across London carried out by units of Luftflotte 3. Badly hit districts included Marylebone, Westminster, Southwark, Lambeth, Finsbury, Battersea, Wandsworth, Camberwell, Stepney amongst others including outer London Boroughs.
137-147 Walworth Road were destroyed and nos 1,3 and 5 Wansey Street were gutted.
Casualties I have found at 145 Walworth Rosd are-Edward Stanley BROWN, Jospehine CUMMINS, Lilian Josephine CUMMINS, Rita Daisy Constance MEERLOO and Jacob MEERLOO.