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Ellen Anne Thompson

from:Reading

(d.10th Febr 1943)

Ellen Anne Thompson (nee Vesty) was my great grandmother and was killed by an enemy bomb whilst at the Peoples Pantry tea shop in Reading, Berkshire. The lone bomber dropped four bombs. The bombing is documented in Reading newspapers and the museum has now erected a plaque to those who were killed - I believe there were 11 civilians killed. The day Ellen was killed was the birthday of her daughter, my grandmother Gertrude who, after the death of her mother had to bring up her younger siblings, one of which was in the Battle hospital having is appendix removed on the day of the bombing. Ellen has a war grave at the Henley Road Crematorium.










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