Hanns and Paul in British Army Pioneer uniforms with their mother, Henny
Hanns and Paul soon after joining the Pioneer Corps pose for a photograph with their mother, Henny.
Alexander Family Archive
Hanns and Paul soon after joining the Pioneer Corps pose for a photograph with their mother, Henny. The brothers often tried to take their leave together. On one occasion they travelled to Buckinghamshire to visit their sister Bella and her children. After lunch, Bella’s two sons – seven-year-old Peter and four-year-old Tony – showed their uncles a pit in the garden. It was a six-foot-deep hole that had been dug for an Anderson air-raid shelter. Seeing an opportunity for a prank, Hanns and Paul grabbed the two young boys, dropped them into the hole and then walked away. At first Peter and Tony thought the lark funny, but when they tried to climb out they found that the hole was just too deep. Hanns and Paul did not return to rescue them for twenty minutes.
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