Ding dog bell, bomb’s down the Hayling well

Joy Burroughs with the men who defused a bomb which fell outside her Hayling home
Joy Burroughs with the men who defused a bomb which fell outside her Hayling home
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Joy Burroughs sent me the picture above in which she features as an 18-year-old.

With her are the team of lads who defused the bomb they are holding.

jpns-13-02-15 rw tubb''The 1915 postcard sent from HMS Dreadnought

jpns-13-02-15 rw tubb''The 1915 postcard sent from HMS Dreadnought

Joy, of Havant Road, Hayling Island, recalls: ‘It landed just outside our kitchen window in a well. Luckily for us it never went off.’

She was living at The Retreat bungalow in Croft Lane, north Hayling.

Joy adds: ‘We and all the neighbours were turned out and had to go to St Peter’s Church hall which is now demolished.’

The First World War postcard below was posted by William Tubb to his young daughter Ivy, from HMS Dreadnought on February 9, 1915.

The family lived at Emsworth Road, North End, Portsmouth, William and Ivy had both been suffering with colds. William is third from the left.

The card comes from his grandson Phillip Brown, of Park Lane, Cowplain.