Item is a letter from Mary Barrow to her father-in-law Valentine E. Barrow, March 9, 1918. Mary and her husband Frederick Lyon lived at 19, Westholme Road, Golders Green in London, and Mary wrote the letter after a bomb fell near their home. Frederick Lyon Barrow enlisted in September 1914, and served in the 9th Battalion in England in the C.A.P.C. (Canadian Army Pay Corps), stationed in London.
(London) N.W. 4
March 9 - 18.
We had the experience of a life time
on Thursday night. a bomb fell in the field
at the bottom of the garden about <del>a hundred</del> <sup>seventy Lyon!</sup>
yards from the house. It was a beautiful
still night & very light owing to the Aurora
Borealis. The maroons woke me about 11:20
and I attempted to wake Lyon but lately
we have stayed in bed as we were growing
accustomed to them. This time we could
not decide whether to get up or not but
we heard the machines before. we however
decided to stay upstairs as the fires were
out. we heard 2 bombs. which were dropped
in the field at the end of the road about
10 mins walk from here. they were quite
close together. as near as bottom of the garden.
We were just trying to settle down when there
was a fearful flash & explosion. the
house shook, and one could hear bricks
falling. I flew out of bed, seized Val who