By 13 October 1938 it was stated that the response to the appeal launched on 23 and 30 September had been good and 312 people had volunteered. However, it was also felt that volunteers were not coming forward fast enough.
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Revd E.P.W. Holmes was vicar of
St Nicolas Church from 1933 to 1946.
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Royal Pavilion & Museums,
Brighton & Hove
On 5 March 1942 the Portslade British Restaurant opened at Ronuk Hall (later Portslade Town Hall). Lord Woolton visited it on 16 May 1942. British restaurants were springing up all over Britain and it was a wartime measure to provide decent meals at a reasonable price.
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Portslade's 1942 H.M. Motor Topedo Boat 58 Plaque
on show in Portslade Library in 2023
Industry and the War Effort
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The 14th Battalion (Hove) Sussex Home Guard F Platoon D Company was photographed in Drove Road with the brewery on the right. In the front row, third from the left, is Sergeant Field.
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Canadian Joe Taylor
and his bride after the war.
& Hove under Fire)
On 8 October 1940 a bombing raid
left severe cracks in the tower of
St Michael and All Angels, Southwick.
For those on the ground at Portslade, it was the worst day as regards air-raid warnings because there were four of them.
& Hove under Fire)
St Richard’s Road was photographed after the bombing raid in August 1942.
& Hove under Fire)
The bomb that hit this house in Worcester Villas, Hove
on 24 August 1942 had bounced from Station Road.
A fascinating incident was recorded in the Kent & Sussex Courier (14 July 1944) concerning Captain Gerald Howard, Home Guard, of Portslade, but a native of Tunbridge Wells. The article, under the startling title ‘Punch on Jaw Saved Life’, set out the gallantry that resulted in him being awarded an M.B.E. and runs as follows:
‘While instructing a live practice he saw smoke coming from a grenade, primed with a four-second fuse, in a Private’s front trouser pocket. Without hesitation Capt. Howard punched the man on the jaw, pulled the grenade from his pocket, and threw it out of the throwing bay. It exploded on the parapet, and Capt. Howard received minor injuries.’ (With thanks to Hugo for drawing my attention to this incident)
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Raymond Sharp back home in Portslade on leave from the army,
aboard the Six Sisters with Portslade Gas Works in the background
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Evacuation label Form A was issued for young Kenneth Fuller of Crown Road.
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Evacuation label Form B was issued for Sylvia Field of North Road. Her mother was a member of the WVS Emergency Food and Shelter staff.
The boys from Loxdale also went to Sowerby Bridge and then Loxdale became an officers’ mess.
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Wartime weddings between soldiers and airmen from overseas to Portslade girls took place at St Nicolas Church.
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The Todd family at war; left to right, Charlie Todd (Home Guard) Muriel Todd (Land Army) Jack Todd (Regular Army). Front row; Evelyn Todd (London Fire Service) and Bessie Todd (Land Army).
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Les Hamilton married Olive King on 3 February 1940. The bridesmaids are Olive’s sister Mary and her cousin Joyce Funnell while the little girl is Patricia Church.
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Raymond Sharp, age 17, enrolment card into the
East Sussex Local Defence Volunteers which was signed by
Officer Commanding Hove Home Guard, Lt Colonel A. D. Winterbottom.
When Raymond was 17, he headed for Hove where he enrolled in the LDV (14th Battalion, Hove) and was attached to the Portslade Home Guard.
When Raymond had time off from the Railway, he used to help his father who was a roof-tiler. One of his most interesting jobs was to repair the roof of the Church of The Good Shepherd on Shoreham Beach. In early 1941 this was a highly restricted area. Much of Shoreham’s Bungalow Town was demolished in anticipation of a German invasion, The Good Shepherd was one of the few buildings left intact. Raymond had to obtain a special permit from Shoreham Town Hall to enter the area to work.
Victory in Europe Day 1945 in North Road Portslade
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Victory in Europe Day 1945 was celebrated in style at Portslade with street parties bringing neighbours together to celebrate the end of the war. This photograph shows a party in full swing in North Road.