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Annie Doggett-Williams

"It's a miracle"

Annie's Valletta: Love, War and Faith

Annie fondly reminisces about her life in Valletta, Malta, before the outbreak of the Second World War. Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Valletta was a picturesque city that thrived on a strong sense of community and a deep-rooted connection to the church.

Alongside her friends, she would spend hours in the park, basking in the Mediterranean sun, listening to the latest Italian music. At the age of 14 she crossed paths with her future husband. Despite the initial disapproval from her protective brother, their bond was undeniable. Annie found herself captivated by this “football mad” young man, who was just a year older than her.

However, their idyllic world was soon shattered by the devastating arrival of war on the shores of Malta in 1940. The Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force unleashed relentless aerial attacks, plunging the island into a state of chaos and despair. Annie vividly recalls the fear and devastation that gripped her community during those dark times. The constant threat of bombings and the uncertainty of each day weighed heavily on their hearts.

In the wake of the war’s aftermath, Annie made the decision to start anew, she bid farewell to her beloved Valletta and embarked on a journey to Australia.

Age in Video
100 years
Date of Birth
7th February 1922
Place of Birth
Valletta, Malta
Thanks To

John Doggett-Williams

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