|Additional Information:||F.A.P. member; Firewatcher. Husband of Agnes Theaker, of 29 Baden Powell Road, Sneinton. at Baden Powell Road.|
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The piece has been penned by Arthur Theaker, Cyril's son.
My dad was killed on Baden road along with two other men. He was killed at midnight during the blitz of 1941. there were two houses that were destroyed and the men died due to blast injuries. My dad was 35 years old, there was a 19 year old on embarkation leave and the other man was a bus driver. There was another chap opposite the house who was very badly injured — the night that St Christopher’s church got bombed the clock stuck at 1.30. My grand mother lived in the city, only two streets away from where I lived. When she came round she found the rest of the family sheltering in the air raid shelter. She was really surprised to hear that my dad had been killed — it was the same night that the co op was bombed. At the time I was 6 and the reality didn’t come to me until later on when the war finished and the other lads dads were coming home from the war. That was the first time that I really felt it and realized that I didn’t have a companion to be with and do things that fathers and sons do.
At school we’d be having lessons and then have to run down into the air raid shelter. It was very different down the shelter and there’d just be two benches down the long side and an oil lamp burning in the centre. The teacher tried to keep us amused by singing ditties.
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Death of a Dad
|Cemetery:||COUNTY BOROUGH OF NOTTINGHAM, Section of the Civilian War Dead Register|
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