Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service April 1942.
Date Time Location Damage
01/04/1942 13.53 Canvey Barrage Balloon broke adrift and drifting towards
Island Hadleigh. No damage.
01/04/1942 Found Great 1 – Small Yellow U.X.B. found with wire fouling
Wakering electric cables at Wick Farm. 1 slight casualty suffering shock.
01/04/1942 Found Great 2 – Small Yellow Bombs. 1 unexploded and 1
Wakering exploded whilst being interfered with causing 3 casualties, 2 serious and 1 slight 200 yards West of D.F. Wireless Station. 2 boys Burgess and Mott were conveyed Rochford Hospital where they died the same day from injuries received.
01/04/1942 Found Great 1 – Small Yellow U.X.B. exploded whilst being
Wakering examined by BDS at Halfway House Marshes causing 1 slight and 2 serious casualties to BDS personnel. Lieut. Walton died of injuries the 1.4.42 and Lanc/Sergt. Bristow died the 4.4.42 in Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.
04/04/1942 Found Nevendon 1 – H.E unexploded in a field opposite Wickford
Drive Burnt Mills Road. No damage or casualties. Date and time of falling not known. (Disposed of BDS 25.4.42).
08/04/1942 Great All Small Yellow U.X.Bs found in the Great and
Wakering Little Wakering areas between the 31.3.42 and 8.4.42 (aprox 50) have been disposed of by BDS.
Found Paglesham 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in the garden of “Milton House” Waterside. No damage or casualties. Date and time of falling not known. (disposed of BDS 3.5.42). Shown in text as 8/8/42.
10/04/1942 Found Great 1 – Small Yellow U.X.B. with wire attached in a
Wakering meadow at Oxenhams Farm. No damage or casualties. (Disposed of BDS 23.4.42).
11/04/1942 Found Great 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in the front garden of
Wakering Fletcher’s Grocer, of High Street. No damage or casualties. Date and time of falling not known. (Disposed of BDS 21.4.42).
11/04/1942 Found Childerditch 1 – A.A. Shell in a meadow 400 yards North of
Brickfields. No damage or casualties. Date and time of falling not known. (disposed of BDS 27.4.42).
12/04/1942 Found Sutton 1 – H.E unexploded found in the garden of Sutton
Hall, 50 yards East of Sutton Church. No damage or casualties. Date and time of falling believed 7.10.40. (disposed of BDS 21.4.42).
12/04/1942 Found Foulness A Metrological Balloon at Nazewick Farm.
Island Deposited at Rochford Police Station.
15/04/1942 13.00 Canvey 1 – Deflated Barrage Balloon washed ashore at the
Island point Canvey Island. Removed to Canvey Island Police Station. Markings “MK VI” (F.I) 30510 RAF Hornchurch informed. Then collected by the Royal Naval Control Southend.
24/04/1942 10.30 Billericay 1 – Smoke float fell from a British Aircraft and
landed in a garden at rear of E.C.C. Clinic, Laindon Road and burnt itself out. No damage or casualties. Remains of float removed to Billericay Police Station.
25/04/1942 Found Hutton 1 – Unexploded H.E. found near back gate of “Red
Heath” Ridgeway Hutton Mount. Date and time of falling not known. Report Centre informed (Disposed of BDS 2.5.42).
26/04/1942 Found Great 1 – U.X. Small Yellow Bomb found in a field 200
Wakering yards South of links and Mepburns Nurseries in the main Southend to Great Wakering Road. Date and time of falling 21-29 hours the 31.3.42. No damage or casualties. Report Centre informed. (Disposed of BDS 4.5.42).
28/04/1942 Found Wickford 1 – U.X.A.A. Shell found in a meadow 300 yards
S.W. goods yard (L.N.E.R.) Wickford Station. Date and time of falling not known. Report Centre informed.