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World War 2 1939-1945

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Warships Week poster

This hand-painted poster was produced in the offices of Bradford’s Spencer Moulton rubber company. It was part of the government’s drive to pay for the war effort by getting the people to save money, or even paying money. Warships Week in February 1942 was to raise awareness (and cash) towards keeping sea routes open.

World War 2 affected everyone in Bradford on Avon to some extent, with members of the population away fighting in the forces, others in the Local Defence Volunteers (Home Guard), ARP (air raid precaution), Civil Defence and Fire Brigade, others working for the war effort and everybody suffering from shortages and rationing.

Piece of shrapnelThe jagged piece of steel (right) is part of the casing of a 500-pound bomb that was dropped on the canal just outside Bradford in April 1942. The word that is used to to describe fragments like this comes from General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842), the inventor of the exploding anti-personnel shell, who was born in Bradford to a prominent clothier family.

Few bombs fell on the area and there was little damage, unlike nearby Bath and Bristol.

 

bomb crater, Inwood

The only remaining trace of bombing is this large crater that is preserved deep in Inwood, Monkton Farleigh. It was caused by a 500-pound bomb, one of six bombs that were dropped around there on 27th April 1942.

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