About this object

A solider, possibly home on leave, takes in the destruction on the corner of St. George's Crescent and Lord Street on 4 May 1941. The night of 3 May was the most heavy and determined assault. Wave upon wave of bombers attacked from the north to the south of the city.

At the start of the war ordinary soldiers were paid only two shillings a week. Often this left their wives and children in hardship. Servicemen must have feared greatly for their families' safety back at home, especially during the May Blitz.

“I used to cry bitterly. My dad didn’t come home very often once the war began. I remember saying, ‘Oh please dad don’t go back’ and I used to say, ‘I hate those Germans’, and dad would say, ‘You mustn’t say things like that, there’s nothing wrong with the German people'”.

Marion Browne, 2002. Liverpool Voices Archive, Museum of Liverpool

Object specifics

  • Title
    St George's Crescent and Lord Street
  • Accession no.
    MLL.2006.34.286
  • Type
    Photograph, black and white
  • Artist/Maker
    Criminal Investigation Dept Studio Liverpool City Police
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Date made
    1941
  • Materials
    Paper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    162 mm x 111 mm
  • Related people
    Liverpool City Police (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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