Weston-super-Mare at War

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 January 2011

The Green Howards marching past the Town Hall 1941, as posters appeal for public donations to put 'bombers in the air'.

The Green Howards marching past the Town Hall 1941, as posters appeal for public donations to put 'bombers in the air'.

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WESTON during wartime is the subject of a new picture booklet compiled by a town historian on behalf of the town council.

Grove House shows bomb damage following an incendiary attack in 1941.

John Crockford-Hawley, whose articles on local history are a popular feature in the Mercury, has put together the 24-page Weston-super-Mare At War.

The booklet is packed with rarely-seen pictures and little-known facts from World War Two, as well as firsthand accounts of the town’s pain at the hands of the German Luftwaffe.

Weston was targeted by a number of air raids, with January 4, 1941 a day of particular infamy, with 34 people killed by 3,000 incendiary bombs dropped on the town.

The booklet also examines Weston’s wartime status as a refuge for evacuees, the town’s efforts towards the war cause, and recalls some of those who gave their lives.

Fascinating pictures of Weston’s war-torn landscape, and a focus on 21st century remnants complete a detailed and fascinating study of the era.

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