Wanton Bombing of Hospital

Sister Killed, Four Nurses Injured Stories of miraculous escapes and high courage A Sister was killed and hours nurses severely injured when German raiders deliberately attacked a South-East hospital during Wednesday night. High explosive and oil bombs were dropped and a kitchen an the female reception ward suffered most. While nurses and patients were being rescued from the debris caused by the first attached the enemy came back and dropped a 1,000lb bomb outside one of the newer hospital buildings. Despite their terrifying experiences, nurses, doctors and rescue workers carried…

Man Survives Air Raid which Destroyed his House

When a bomb demolished a house in a suburb on Saturday afternoon, the owner was inside. To the amazement of the A.R.P. workers who were at once on the spot, the man crawled from the wreckage suffering only from cuts and shock. Here he is being taken to a nearby first-aid post.   Press Censorship during World War Two Newspapers rarely gave details of the exact location of successful bombing raids, so we may never know where this incident happened, nor who the lucky survivor was. When war broke out…

Burial of Air Raid Casualties

The idea seems to have gained currency in some districts where there have, unhappily, been fatal air-raid casualties, that such persons are buried, more or less unceremoniously, in a public grave. That is a wrong impression altogether, and that it should exist at all is very distressing. While it is true that the local authority for the area concerned may take charge of the funeral arrangements and may bury the casualties at the public expense where it seems desirable, the funeral is never, in any sense of the word, a…

Men Wanted Now

The devastation left by the air raids on, and around, London was immense and people were needed to help with the clear up.  This advert appeared in the Bromley District Times newspaper on the 18th October 1940 advertising for those who were ‘able-bodied’ and ‘temporarily out-of-work’ to enrol for the job.   London air raid debris Clearance Scheme Men Wanted Now Jobs for able-bodied men temporarily out-of-work Enrol now at your local Employment Exchange If you are now unemployed and live in the London area, you are invited to enrol…

Babies Born in Raid Shelters

Three in one South-East District Three mothers gave birth to babies in private A.R.P. shelters during a raid over a South-East urban district.  The mothers and babies are doing well. In the same raid a house was it by a bomb shortly after a young mother had given birth to a baby.  The house was damaged and mother and baby were removed to hospital in the A.R.P. ambulance.  A mile from her house a maternity home was shaken by the explosion of a bomb. No one was hurt. I wonder…

Harvesters in a Raid

Reported in the Bromley & District Times, 6th September 1940 Mr. E. S. Oak-Rhind writes to The Times:- Somewhere among the fields of Kent while waiting for the Hun advance, I watched the harvesters at work and wondered as to their reaction to the fight that must take place, so shortly, in the sky above.  Presently the sound of the advancing enemy was audible, but still the harvesters work went on, until there roared overhead our intercepting squadron. _s one man the workers stood upright and still, doffed their caps…

Getting an Air Raid Shelter at Low Cost during the Battle of Britain

This advert for a concrete air raid shelter appeared in the Bromley & District Times at the start of the Battle of Britain, in July 1940. Effective Shelter at Low Cost Concrete offers the maximum  protection from blast and splinters at lowest cost. We manufacture a practical Domestic Shelter for six persons for easy erection by one man at £9’15’0. the Complete set of units (ex works). Trade terms to builders. Complete schemes for industrialists speedily carried out at a love all-in cost.  Six standard types will accommodation up to 50…