76-year-old searches for Clevedon family who took her in during World War Two
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 September 2018
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A 76-year-old woman, who was buried under rubble for 24 hours and lost her eye in World War Two, is hoping to find the Clevedon family who took her in when she was evacuated after recently being diagnosed with cancer.
When Marjorie Getgood was two-and-a-half years old she was living in Woolwich, London, when a V1 Doodlebug bombed her house in August 1944.
Marjorie was buried under rubble for more than a day and when she was rescued paramedics mistakenly thought her mum had died in the blast.
The toddler was taken to East Grinstead Hospital where she had to have her eye removed.
Marjorie’s mum was hospitalised after she was seriously injured in the bombing – she had been opening the bomb shelter when the Doodlebug hit.
Marjorie’s father, a sergeant major who was an expert in weapons, was away serving which meant she had to be evacuated to North Somerset where she spent more than six months with a family in Clevedon.
Now the grandmother, who has lung cancer, wants to find the generous family who took her in before she dies.
She told the Times: “It was near the end of the war but with my mother in hospital I had to be evacuated – it was sometime between August and September.
“I don’t remember fully where I was evacuated and the records detailing it are locked but I was told by my parents that was where I ended up.
“I now want to meet the people who took me in and taught me to walk and talk again.
“It was a traumatic experience and I could not remember how to walk or talk so they helped me get back on track.
“I was discussing it with my daughter’s brother-in-law when he suggested I look for the family and now I want to find them and thank them.
“The other reason is I have lung cancer and this is one little thing which I would like to put right.”
Marjorie was reunited with her family half a year after being evacuated.
She now lives in Berrow and would like to meet the relatives of the family who took her in.
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