Edie ruined her coat to save boy from rubble

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THIS week’s columnist Paul Mould continues his look at a time when bombs fell in Boston...

AFTER the bomb fell at the top of Liqourpond Street, obliterating Mariners Row and killing Mrs Gee, a row of five houses were left in a dangerous state in Bedford Place near the entrance to the Lord Nelson field.

While they were awaiting demolition, a notice was placed outside warning of the danger and telling people to keep out.

Edie Carter, who lived at 5, White Horse Lane, was walking past these houses on her way home one day when the ceiling of one of the houses fell in and a boy came running out.

She had been saving her clothing coupons for over a year to buy a new coat and she was wearing it for the first time.

She had bought it from Maurice’s on the Bridge Foot; it was red with a black collar and the pockets trimmed with black.

She was very proud of it but, when the boy shouted that his mate was under all the rubble, she forgot about her coat and, with no-one else about, ran into the house and pulled the bricks and rubbish off the boy as fast as she could.

She lifted him out and carried him across the road to Dr Pilcher’s house then carried on home without leaving her name.

Her beautiful coat was ruined but the boy was saved.

He never knew who had saved him and of the sacrifice she made doing it.