World War II Air Raid Damage

In Castle Point

The following sheets, showing details of damage caused in Castle Point area during World War II, were originally compiled by the Brentwood Division of Essex Fire Service. They were kindly made available to the Archive by John Rogers.

To view a much larger version of the sheets please click on the number of the sheet below.

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Sheet 7     Sheet 8     Sheet 9

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  • Fascinating reading, what is the abbreviation H.E.?

    Editor Note: Adam, I think it stands for High Explosive, but if anyone knows differently please let us know. Frank Gamble.

    By Adam Poulton (20/07/2013)
  • My husband’s great-grandparents, Harry and Isabella Martin, moved from London to Essex in the early 1930s after Harry retired. They bought a bungalow in Mornington Crescent, Hadleigh, which they named “Elvendon” after the road where they lived in Palmers Green. This is an excerpt from a letter that Bella wrote in November 1946 to her niece in America describing their experiences when a bomb exploded in nearby Woodfield Road in November 1944. The letter, presumably a rough draft, was written on a scrap of paper which has now almost disintegrated making it difficult to read and quite a few of the words are now illegible. I notice from the date that this event was a couple of weeks later than the last entry in John Rogers’ record : . . . I expect you did not know we had one of those Fly Bombs fall and explode at the top of Woodfield Road (our Crescent runs out of that) Nov 26 1944. Every bungalow in the district did not have a single window left and all ceilings down, it was a pickle. Our roof was lifted and dropped straight down, blown back in street all by the blast, chimneys off and a number of tiles. Well it took me time to get over that, workmen have only just finished all repairs and now it is Nov 25 1946. I have only just recovered from the shock it was very [illegible word]. It was about 7o’clock in the evening, children had just left the Church Hall and reached home safely. Only one young man was killed outright, I cannot talk much about it, it brings back my great sorrow* which I shall never get over. Uncle had not been well all the summer and had been under the Doctor for a year and as time went on his heart was getting weaker and shook up from the shock he never recovered and died the [illegible word] . . . (*Isabella’s “great sorrow” was the death of her younger son, Frank, aged 20, in the WWI battle of Arras in 1917.) Harry Martin died 13 Dec 1944, aged 78.

    By Julie Summers (14/07/2013)

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