Blitz bombing of Liverpool maternity ward at Mill Road

Mill Road Hospital Mill Road Hospital was hit by a bomb during the May Blitz

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Seventy years ago, Liverpool suffered eight days of bombing during World War II.

Hundreds of buildings were destroyed in prolonged raids which targeted the docks area at England's largest west coast port.

The city became the most heavily bombed British city outside London.

The maternity ward in Mill Road Hospital, Liverpool, took a devastating direct hit on 3 May, 1941.

The bomb landed in the courtyard at the rear of the hospital, killing many mothers and their newborn babies.

'Reduced to tears'

Local history researcher Anthony Hogan said it is an event which is often overlooked when remembering the blitz in Liverpool.

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It is so sad to think that everyone is going past there every day and there's nothing there for the people who died. ”

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"So many babies and heir mothers died that night. It reduced me to tears when I first compiled the list of victims," he said.

"One name simply reads Baby Connor.

"I research war memorials and have read through many accounts from men fighting and dying.

"I have researched bombing raids in Liverpool, but nothing hit me as hard as when I looked into the Mill Road Hospital bombing.

"These babies would have been 70 next month.

"There are so many tragic stories from the May Blitz. I believe that the Mill Road Hospital bombing should be remembered."

The building at Mill Road was originally a workhouse and opened in 1841.

It was rebuilt and in 1893 opened as an infirmary with 690 beds and a separate 150-bed mental health department.

Call for memorial

"It was a working hospital so they had a lot of injured people in there who died that night and we don't know if they died from the bombing or their injuries they got somewhere else," Mr Hogan said.

"The hospital at the time was a working hospital. They were actually taking in people from around the area who had been injured in the raids.

"At the time the hospital was full with patients and with all the injured getting brought in, so the hospital would have been busy."

Mill Road Hospital Mill Road Hospital after being destroyed by a German bomb

Mr Hogan runs a website which names 78 people known to have been killed that night. But he believes there were a lot more.

"The area was treated with lime and concreted after the recovery. They couldn't get to all the bodies.

"I would like to see a memorial at the site. It is so sad to think that everyone is going past there every day and there's nothing there for the people who died.

"Nothing says they were ever there."

The remaining Mill Road Hospital buildings were pulled down in the 1990s.

The site now comprises waste ground and housing development.

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