Milford-on-Sea and the Second World War

Homeguard outside Victoria Hall 1941
Courtesy of MOSHRS

With end of the phoney war and the start of the Battle of Britan, Milford must have felt more than ever in the front line as this extract from the school log illustrates.

  • 23 August 1940. 47%of children in school. Air raids all night.
    27 August 1940. Bomb dropped 400 yards from school.
    15 October 1940. Schrapnel scars school playground.
    15 October 1940. 13.45 Plane ME 109 E-1, Pilot Gefreiter (Corporal) Pollach brought down at Everton.
    15 October 1940. A plane was brought down at Blackbush.

As Dr Croft Watts observed “The Needles were evidently a landmark for enemy planes and so our sleep was disturbed on many nights by the drone of German planes passing over Milford during the Battle of Britain.”

Links

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/second-world-war

References

Cockram and Williams, “Milford-on-Sea and the Second World War”, 2007, John Cockram and Richard Williams

Dr. Croft Watts, “Some Recollections of Milford in War time”, Occasional Magazine N.S. Vol.1 [No.1] (January 1980 pp.21-23

Rev. S. G. Hooper, “Milford and the War 1939-45”, Occasional Magazine Vol.5 No.4 (January 1948)   pp.49-62

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