Weston-super-Mare at War
PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 January 2011
WESTON during wartime is the subject of a new picture booklet compiled by a town historian on behalf of the town council.
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.