School mate lost in raid

PUBLISHED: 11:19 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

TONY Halsey of Wellfield Road, Hatfield, remembers the time in 1944 when a German bomb hit a house in Selwyn Avenue, Hatfield. He recalls that a mother and her daughter were killed. The 74-year-old, who used to live in Dellfield Road, Hatfield, said: The

TONY Halsey of Wellfield Road, Hatfield, remembers the time in 1944 when a German bomb hit a house in Selwyn Avenue, Hatfield.

He recalls that a mother and her daughter were killed.

The 74-year-old, who used to live in Dellfield Road, Hatfield, said: "The name of the girl who was killed was Irene and she was about eight.

"She used to chase me around the school playground.

"When she caught me she would tell me that she was going to marry me when she grew up.

"Her father was a pilot and he was not there when their house was bombed.

"I have never forgotten that little girl."

Mr Halsey also shared his memories of Hatfield House being used as a temporary hospital for soldiers.

He said: "It was great time for young boys and I was about 10.

"Hatfield House was a hospital for the military during the war.

"I used to deliver newspapers to the patients.

"We used to meet at Hatfield station and then we would go to Hatfield House where all the soldiers were of all nationalities.

"I also used to deliver papers to the de Havilland Aerodrome too.

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