This story was inspired by current commemorations connected with the centenary of World War 1.
When we think of wartime bombing of civilians, it’s invariably in connection with the Second World War, but during World War 1 England suffered many German bombing raids, initially by Zeppelins (557 killed) and then by bomber planes (835 deaths).
To people in those days, unused to the sight of aerial machines, daylight raids were particularly dangerous. Many of them stood about, fascinated, watching the aircraft, sometimes with dire consequences.
My story was prompted by reading about these civilian deaths. For example, on 13 June 1917, a raid on London and Kent left 162 dead, including 18 children in a school in Poplar, in the East End of London.
These numbers pale into insignificance, of course, when compared with the huge and tragic waste of life of men in the military. I read recently comments made by Captain W E Johns (he of “Biggles” fame), denouncing the authorities for the squandering of so many lives. Graphic descriptions of military burials he witnessed don’t bear repeating here. His criticisms resulted in his being sacked from two flying magazines he edited, due to pressure from the government.
So, link two tragic situations—the deaths of civilians and servicemen—and you have the genesis of the story Love Never Dies.
A story that, with its touch of magic realism, has an ending you’ll hopefully find uplifting and optimistic.
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