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Dominic Bland

In WW2 I was a child in Sheffield and less than 100 yards from my home on Norfolk Street, in the centre of the city, a static water tank was set into the ground stretching from Norfolk street to Tudor street. I would like to know if there are any records relating to when this would have been set up and eventually removed. Before it was removed, one summer it hosted a 'bridge' across which adults were walking. Why does it concern me? I do not know how old I was but being small I had squeezed through the wooden palings, my sister, standing with her back to me, was pushed by some lads and this knocked me into the water. I still remember going down through the water but not struggling, my mouth was closed though I occasionally opened my eyes. My hands were about shoulder height touching the side of the tank as I went down. My feet touched the bottom and I started to rise, touching the wall still. As my hands broke the surface they were grabbed by a young man who hauled me out, stood me up I think he gave me a quick hug then off he went. I suppose what I would like is the information that- yes RE did put up show bridges so people could understand what was happening. I have no idea how old I was and would like to know parents never ever referred to it as a 'do you remember incident'. Can anyone say when this happened?

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