A CHILD WHO CHANGED MY LIFEBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.499 (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:499
- Peter Williamson
The boy and the bomb
Just as Dr Hugh Jackson's practice was changed by one child's death (BMJ 1995;310:49), so my life was altered by the death of a boy killed by a V1 flying bomb in 1944. Although this did not lead me to become a doctor, I did eventually become a careers adviser; and over 28 years I must have aided the entry of some 200 students into medical schools.
In the autumn of 1944, when I was serving in civil defence in London, I heard our bell announcing “immediate danger overhead”—a warning of the approach of a flying bomb. Soon the roar of its ram jet cut out and the dive began; the V1 struck the road outside Kensal Green station in north west London, very …