I can’t be sure that this is the original street sign, dating from the 1930s, but it has certainly been here a long time, judging by its state. These signs are a kind of memorial to the people who were born, lived and died in the streets they identify, silent witnesses to their comings and goings. This street particularly deserves a memorial because it was one of those affected by an air raid that took place in September 1940 and the place where one of the truly innocent lost his life, a story that never fails to move me. A little boy called Keith was playing outside, in front of his home in Mornington Road, when enemy aircraft launched an attack on the area. They may have missed their target, the RAF base at Northolt, but they dropped their bombs on Greenford, killing and injuring residents, and causing considerable damage. Keith was not in fact killed by the impact of the bombs, he was shot as the ground was strafed by a gunner in one of the aircraft. It is difficult to imagine a scene of such extreme violence in a quiet street like this one but it was probably repeated many times across the UK during the war.
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