From the foreword by Henry W. Blackburne;
"It is a great privilege to have been asked to write a few words of introduction to this account of the serve air raids which took place in Bristol during the Mayoralty of Alderman Underdown.
No Lord Mayor was ever called upon to do so much under such trying circumstances, and no man could have achieved this enormous task more lovingly or successfully than he did.
The description given in this book of the devastating air raids on Bristol and of the way in which they were faced will be a treasured possession of the citizens of Bristol for all time. The account given of the various Services brought into action speaks for itself, no further words of comment need be added. But of this I am sure, the citizens of Bristol would wish it to be put on record in this introduction that we are under an immense debt to Alderman Underdown for the magnificent example he gave us in those grim days. His courage and his devotion to duty aroused the intense admiration of the whole city.
When the Prime Minister visited Bristol after on of the worst raids and was taken around the devastated areas by the Lord Mayor, few had any idea that the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress nearly lost their lives the night before. On several occasions Alderman Underdown went about his work at the risk of his own life, and wherever he went he brought with him a feeling of calmness and confidence. Practically, every man, woman, and child injured in the raids received from him a personal visit. He attended at the Communal Burials and spoke to the bereaved. He arranged for thousands of mothers, children and old people to be sent, free of all expense, to camps and Oxford Colleges, to Bournemouth, Cheltenham, and other places for a rest and change, and through his Committee financed homes for the blind and for old people who had no one to take care of them.
Lord Elton, in his recently published book, St. George or The Dragon, tells us without loyalty, courage, endurance and discipline, throughout the entire mass of ordinary citizens, we shall not survive the present ordeal. These qualities shone out clearly in daily life and actions of our Lord Mayor, who, with the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Underdown, gave us a magnificent lead during their year of office. We ask them to accept our sincere thanks for their leadership, and we are grateful to Alderman Underdown for putting on record a description of those dark days."
Title page discoloured but still readable. Excellent pages with some edge-wear. Well-worn spine.