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Civilian Anne Amelia Child (Fire Guard)
Second World War Civilian War Dead 1939-1945 United Kingdom
By Philip Baldock

United Kingdom

Civilian Annie Amelia Child
View record on CWGC
Died 6th June 1943, buried Eastbourne (Langney) Cemetery

Civilian Anne Amelia Child was the daughter of Albert Edward Child (1876 to 1946) and Minnie Henty (1876 to 1929).

The 1911 records him living with his family at Dewars Cottages, Eastbourne. Albert, aged 36, was a house painter born at Hampstead, Middlesex. Minnie, aged 35 was born at Brighton. The couple had been married for thirteen years and had produced seven children, all born at Eastbourne and all still alive. Albert, aged 11, Edward, aged 9. Christopher, aged 8, Lilian, aged 6, Annie, aged 5. Rose, aged 2, and Amy, 1.

Anne was a Fire watcher and was killed in an air attack on the 6th of June 1943 at 1.38pm at Beach Road.

Fourteen FW190s made landfall over Princes Park and swept in over the town at fifty feet firing guns and dropping bombs over the town centre. Seven civilians were killed and “several” Military Policemen were killed. As the attackers departed over Beachy Head, they fired their guns at the Royal Observer Corps Post, fortunately without causing casualties.

Auxiliary Fire Service badge (copyright unknown)