She grabbed her daughter and wrapped her in blankets, and yelled to the neighbours gathered outside in the dark - there were no lights, for fear of attracting German bombers. "Stand by the privet hedge!"
"The neighbours were talking and shouting," Gwen recalls, "and I threw her out of the window and they caught her."
Gwen escaped by leaping out of her window to a neighbouring home, with the help of a drainpipe. When she reached the ground she was reunited with her daughter: the neighbours had caught her. "Anyway she inhaled quite a lot of smoke and her little motions, her poos, were all black. We had quite a bad time."