This is an archive of true stories about life in Coventry during the Blitz, as told by survivors and by the friends and families of victims. I would like to add as many Blitz memories as possible to this archive, in order to preserve history for future education, and to honour the memories of those who were killed by the bombing raids.
If you have any interesting memories or family stories of wartime Coventry or the Blitz please email them to met
and I shall be happy to add them to my site. Any wartime snapshots would also be much appreciated.
Information and photos kindly provided by Mr J Ashfield.
Photo of Harry Clarke and Cicely Mary Magdalen Humphrey
My mother was married to Harry Clarke in 1939 he was killed on April 11 1941. They lived at 31 Humber Road Stoke Coventry. He was an Air Raid Warden. My mother recalled the story, she told me that during the attack Harry was getting my mother and his daughter Mary to the air raid shelter when a landmine exploded. He was killed out right taking the full blast. My mother with babe in arms was propelled into the air raid shelter and survived.
There being no body to bury there is a plaque and a memorial tree, something that now puzzles me is a death notice in the local paper as my mother told me he had no brothers and his family had all died.
Photo of Harry Clarke's memorial tree plaque
Cicely ouside 31 Humber Road, Coventry
Clarke – On April 11, 1941, Harry, beloved husband of Cicely and daddy of baby Mary; aged 28. Sadly missed. "Duty called; well done. God's will."
Clarke – On April 11, 1941, harry, aged 28. – Sadly missed by Dad, Mam, brother, and sisters. "Duty well done. Lest we forget."