Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service January 1941.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service January 1941.

Date                Time   Location         Damage

04/01/1941                Great Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of 22 Mount

Crescent.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S 6.2.41.

04/01/1941    02.05  Great Warley 5 – H.Es exploded at Warley Barracks 20 yards

from swimming pool.  1 located remainder of wood.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

05/01/1941    15.30  Great              10 – H.Es exploded in fields in line from 500 yards

Burstead        West of St Marys, Crays Hill to Bridge Farm.  No damage or casualties.

05/01/1941    20.45  Great Warley I.Bs (a number) on open ground near The

                                                            Thatcher’s Arms P.H.  No damage or casualties.

05/01/1941    20.55  Herongate     I.Bs (a number) fell in Thorndon Park and 10 or 12

near The Boars Head.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

05/01/1941    22.00  Doddinghurst            1 – H.E. exploded at Howells Farm,

                                                            Doddinghurst Road.  No damage or casualties.

06/01/1941    09.00  Great              1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 1/4 mile East of

Wakering       Wakering Common Road.  No damage or casualties.  (Dealt with by B.D.S. 11.1.41).

06/01/1941    10.05  Brentwood     16 – H.Es exploded in the Gas Company’s Sports

Ground, 5 exploded in Brickfields (slight damage to property) 5 exploded and 1 unexploded in vicinity of Railway Station, 1 fatal, 7 serious and 13 slight casualties.  Considerable damage to property.  (unexploded removed right away by B.D.S. from Railway).

06/01/1941    14.25  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded on footpath outside “Cartref” St

                                                            Michaels.  No damage or casualties.

07/01/1941    14.40  Little Warley  7 – H.Es exploded, 2 in fields of Brickfields, 3 in

field at rear of Waterworks, 1 in field at “The Goldings” and 1 in hedge of a lane between Thatcher’s Arms and Hall Farm, Great Warley.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

07/01/1941    16.10  Rochford       7 – H.E. exploded on or near Rochford Aerodrome. 

No damage or casualties.

08/01/1941    N/K     Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded on Martins Farm 400 yards

                                                            North of Rayleigh Road.  No damage or casualties.

09/01/1941    N/K     Great Warley 1 – H.E. unexploded 100 yards from Lodge at

entrance to Boyles Court.  No damage or casualties.  BDS 29.11.41.

10/01/1941    N/K     Canewdon    1 – H.E. exploded 200 yards West of Loftmans

                                                            Farm.  No damage or casualties.

11/01/1941    19.40  South             I.Bs (a number) over a wide area.  No casualties, 1

Benfleet         bungalow completely gutted, 1 extensively damaged and 11 slightly damaged.  Gas main damaged.  “Westbury” I.B. through roof slight damage.

11/01/1941    19.55  Pitsea             I.Bs (a number) fell on Pitsea Estate.  2 houses

badly damaged. A Chapel and 10 houses slightly damaged, 1 serious, 1 slight casualty.

11/01/1941    19.55  Basildon        I.Bs (a number) over a wide area. A bungalow, a

farmhouse and a school slightly damaged.  No casualties.

11/01/1941    19.56  Thundersley I.Bs (a number) fell on Bread & Cheese Hill, 1

slight casualty.  A garage used as a Furniture Depository and 2 bungalows damaged.

11/01/1941                Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell at Brickhouse Farm,

Doddinghurst Road.  No damage or casualties.  (Removed B.D.S. 25.2.41).

11/01/1941    20.15  Pilgrims          1 U.X.B.A. bomb board, wire and parachute and

Hatch             circular board found near PC Dayer’s house.  No damage or casualties.  (disposed of by B.D.S 13th).

11/01/1941    21.15  Mountnessing          1 U.X.B.A. bomb board, wire and parachute

and circular board found at Swallows Cross.  Bomb in hedge at Bullmans Farm.  (Disposed of by B.D.S 13th).

11/01/1941    22.30  Doddinghurst            2 – Parachutes and a large quantity of wire. 

A heavy explosion was heard when this material grounded.

12/01/1941    18.25  Doddinghurst            1 U.X.B. with wire and parachute attached

at Stockfield.  Also a parachute and wire only in a field near Shepherds Inn.  (Disposed of by B.D.S. 13th).

12/01/1941                Pilgrims          1 U.X.B Small Yellow with parachute attached

Hatch             near Ashwells (Disposed of by B.D.S. 13th).  Also 1 parachute only at Ashwells.

12/01/1941                Doddinghurst            1 – U.X.B.  Small Yellow with a parachute

and wire attached in Howgego’s field, Dagwood Lane.  (Disposed of B.D.S. 15th)

12/01/1941                Doddinghurst            1- U.X.B.  Small Yellow near “The Warren”

                                                            Blackmore Road.  (Disposed of by B.D.S. 16th).

12/01/1941    18.30  Basildon        1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 300 yards South of

Burnt Mills and 600 yards East of Rectory Road.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    18.40  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded in a field between Rectory Road

                                                            and Pound Lane.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    18.45  Pilgrims          1 – H.E. exploded in garden of “Dorna” Hatch

                                    Hatch             Road, 4 houses slightly damaged.  No casualties.

12/01/1941    18.50  Wickford        5 – H.E. exploded at Atherstone Gardens and a

number of I.Bs in open ground.  Slight damage to property.  No 1 Police Houses, telephone wires and electric cables down.

12/01/1941    18.50  Rayleigh        1 – H.E. exploded in upper Edwards Hall,

                                                            Eastwood Rise.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    19.00  Brentwood     1 – H.E. exploded in Crown Square, Crown Street,

8 slight casualties.  4 houses demolished, 14 houses and a school seriously damaged.  16 houses slightly damaged.  Water and gas mains damaged.  2 unclassified roads closed.

12/01/1941    19.00  Pilgrims          1 – H.E. exploded 150 yards East of Ashwells

                                    Hatch             Farm, School Lane.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    19.05  Laindon         1 – H.E. exploded at Castle Lane, Primrose Hill. 

                                                            Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

12/01/1941    19.10  Barling           1 – I.B. burnt out at Clays Street Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    19.10  Sutton            2 – H.Es exploded Temlle Farm, 400 yards West of

Sutton Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

12/01/1941    19.19  Little Warley  I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields North of Arterial

Road, near Warley Street.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    20.15  Rochford       7 – H.Es exploded in fields at Blatches Farm. 

                                                            Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

12/01/1941    21.20  Little                7 – H.Es exploded in fields at Hatches Farm.  No

                                    Burstead        damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    21.40  Canvey          4 – H.Es exploded near Scars Elbow Fort.  2 in

Island             fields and 2 in River Thames.  No damage or casualties.  Also I.Bs (a number) on 70 ton Lighter named “WYE” near O’Dells Dump, Northwick Road.  No casualties.  Boat damaged and

12/01/1941    21.40  Dunton          I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields between Dunton

Colony and Dunton Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    21.50  Hadleigh        5 – H.Es, 4 exploded and 1 unexploded in and near

The Crescent, and a number of I.Bs near Burrows Recreation Ground. 1 H.E. exploded 70 yards North of Scrubbs Lane, 1 unexploded 100 yards West of Woodfield Road and 3 exploded on open ground behind Woodfield Road, 2 fatal casualties (females 14 months and 9 years) 4 serious and 5 slight casualties, 1 bungalow demolished, slight damage to other property.  Water and gas mains damaged, sewer damaged and three unclassified roads closed.

12/01/1941    22.10  Dunton          7 – H.Es exploded in fields at rear of Dunton

                                                            Wayletts Farm.  No damage or casualties.

12/01/1941    22.28  Shenfield       1 – A.A. Shell exploded in School Chase.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

13/01/1941    N/K     Potton            1 – H.E. unexploded on saltings 1/2 mile North of

Island             Farmhouse and 35 feet from sea wall and 50 yards West of Storehouse on North East side of sea wall.  No damage or casualties.

16/01/1941     01.04  Brentwood     A German Dornier 17 shot down by night fighter

crashed in flames in Hartswood 100 yards from junction of Woodman and Hartswood Roads.  Machine completely burnt out.  Remains of 3 bodies found in wreckage.

16/01/1941    05.15  Canvey          A German Heinkel 111 shot down by night fighter

Island             crashed in flames in River Thames 100 yards South of Oil Wharf Jetty Hole Haven.  Occupants 2 dead and 3 prisoners (1 at Oldchurch Hospital).

18/01/1941    15.35  Billericay        10 – H.Es 8 exploded and 2 unexploded in fields

East of Lawness Farm.  No damage or casualties.  (Dealt with by B.D.S. 9.4.41).

18/01/1941    16.45  Hockley          Barrage Balloon grounded in a field near

Homefield Farm, Greensword Lane.  Damage to electric cables.

19/01/1941    21.00  Nevendon     1 – H.E. exploded in a field 300 yards East of

Nevendon Hall Farm and 300 yards South of Arterial Road.  No damage or casualties.

19/01/1941    21.05  Pitsea             I.Bs (about 40) burnt out on Marsh land near the

Reclaimation Coy Limited works.  No damage or casualties.

19/01/1941    22.00  Great              Damage to ceilings and windows at “Corduville

Wakering       Villa” High Street by nose cap of A.A. Shell.  Also damage by shrapnel to roof of Methodist Chapel.  No casualties.

20/01/1941    02.05  Hutton             I.Bs (a number) burnt out on open ground in

vicinity of L.N.E.R. Brands Farm and Petrol storage dump, Wash Lane.

21/01/1941    10.45  South Weald 1 – A.A. exploded Shell at Coxtie Green Farm. 

                                                            Slight damage to cowshed.  No casualties.

21/01/1941    15.00  Pitsea             An enemy plane flew low over the district and

machine gunned indiscriminately.  No casualties.  Damage to bungalow.

21/01/1941    15.55  Billericay        16 – H.Es 15 exploded and 1 unexploded and a

number of I.Bs in fields opposite Ardleighs Garage at Harts Corner.  One heavy H.E. exploded near Cullis’ Sheet Metal Factory South Green.  1 soldier killed, 2 soldiers and 3 civilians injured.  Extensive damage to factory and other property.  Telephone and electric cables down.  Water main damaged.  (Unexploded removed by B.D.S).

22/01/1941                Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded found behind military hut on

Brands Farm, Wash Lane.  No damage or casualties (believed to have fallen 20.1.41).

22/01/1941                Laindon         1 – A.A. unexploded Shell on footpath 150 yards

East of Church Road.  No damage or casualties.  (disposed of B.D.S. 4.2.41).

24/01/1941    12.00  East Horndon           A white balloon 8 feet diameter deflated

found in a wood 1/2 mile West of East Horndon roundabout.

29/01/1941    20.00  South Weald 1 – H.E exploded on grass verge opposite 38

Wealdside Cottage.  Telephone wires and water main damaged.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

29/01/1941    20.30  Mountnessing          3 – H.Es exploded, 2 in fields called Thoby

Fields North East of Mountnessing Mill and 1 in field North Corner House Café, Burnthouse Lane.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

29/01/1941    20.50  Great Warley 2 – H.Es exploded in fields 1/4 mile North of

Stoney Hills Farm.  Slight damage to 2 houses.  No casualties.

29/01/1941    21.00  Downham     3 – H.Es exploded in fields 200 yards from De

                                                            Beauvoir’s Arms.  No damage or casualties.

29/01/1941    21.30  Downham     2 – H.Es exploded in fields 600 yards East of White

                                                            Lillies Farm.  No damage or casualties.

30/01/1941     13.30  Wickford        2 – H.Es exploded, 1 200 yards South of A.127 and

1 exploded 150 yards East of Pipps Hill.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

30/01/1941    13.45  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded and about 50 I.Bs burnt out 300

yards East of Sea Transport Depot and Sewerage Works.  1 ewe killed and overhead electric cables down.

30/01/1941    16.30  Laindon         1 – A.A. unexploded Shell fell in the garden of

“Rosena” Borthwick Drive.  No damage or casualties.  (dealt with by B.D.S. 6.2.41).

31/01/1941    11.15  Herongate     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in the garden of

“Woodlands” Blind Lane.  No damage or casualties.  (Dealt with by B.D.S. 24.2.41).

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service December 1940

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service December 1940.

Date                Time   Location         Damage

01/12/1940    23.15  Pilgrims          1 – H.E exploded in a field at junction Coxtie Green

Hatch             Road and Wheelers Lane.  Considerable damage to property.  Poultry killed.  Water main damaged.  Overhead Telephone wires down.  Road blocked (open 2nd).

02/12/1940    20.15  Doddinghurst            2 – H.Es, 1 exploded on edge of wood near

Rilston Lodge Church Lane.  Damage to property, 14 persons rendered homeless, 1 unexploded in a drained pond between Solid Lane and Cottages, near Wacketts Farm.  No casualties.

04/12/1940    21.00  Billericay        Damage to lamp standard on Southend Road and

buildings at Southend Farm by drifting Barrage Balloon.

04/12/1940    21.20  Rochford       2 – H.Es unexploded, 1 on Golf Course and 1 200

yards North West of Westborrow Hall (exploded 9.12.40)  No damage or casualties.

04/12/1940    21.30  Hullbridge     10 – H.Es exploded at Poolehurst Farm, Cracknells

Farm and Kingsland Farm.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

04/12/1940    21.55  Coxtie Green 2 – H.Es, 1 exploded and 1 unexploded at back of

Coxtie Green House.  White Horse Road.  Road closed (open after 96 hours).  Damage to property.  Telephone wires down.  No casualties.  D.B.S. 7.2.41.

04/12/1940    22.30  Rayleigh        Drifting Barrage Balloon fouled the Overhead

electric cables at Little Wakering drifting in a South Easterly direction and caught on a pylon at Wheatleys Farm and burnt.  Wires and ropes and gear salvaged.

04/12/1940    22.55  Ingrave           3 – H.Es unexploded, 1 in field opposite Womens

Institute Dunnings Lane, 2 in Thorndon Park between 10th fairway and Lake, (1 exploded in a plantation the 5th).  No damage or casualties.

05/12/1940    15.00  Billericay        1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 200 yards East of

Cox Farm Road.  Green Lane.  (exploded 31.12.40 by B.D.S.)  No damage or casualties.

05/12/1940    21.30  Hockley          8 – I.Bs on Marshes 350 yards North of Beckney

                                                            Farm.  No damage or casualties.

08/12/1940    18.55  Rayleigh        10 – I.Bs fell on open ground and burnt out at St

Walter Rayleigh Drive, Victoria Road, Station Crescent, Lancaster Road, Highfield Crescent and Barranting Square.  No damage or casualties.

08/12/1940    21.25  East                1 – H.E exploded in a field at rear of Meadow

Horndon        House 200 yards South of A.127.  No damage or casualties.

08/12/1940    21.30  Herongate     30 – I.Bs on The Elms, Elm Cottage, Herongate

House and The Poplars and about 26 on op ground.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

08/12/1940    22.35  Canvey          I.Bs (a number) fell in the vicinity Long Road. 

Island             Damage at  Green Stores and June Villa, Long Road.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

09/12/1940    00.05  Childerditch  1 – H.E exploded in Brickfields Road 30 yards

                                                            North of Arterial Road.  No damage or casualties.

09/12/1940    00.15  Langdon        2 – H.Es, 1 exploded and 1 unexploded near West

Hills                Ham Sanatorium Dry Street.  Unexploded in Orchard 200 yards East of buildings.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 22.3.41.

09/12/1940    01.00  Foulness       2 – H.Es exploded in narrow gut creek, Rushley

Island             Island 3/4 mile East of The Island Farm House.  No damage or casualties.

09/12/1940    01.10  Doddinghurst            I.Bs (a number) fell in the vicinity of

Woodlands Blackmore near Hendersons Garage.  No damage or casualties.

09/12/1940    01.35  Hadleigh        1 – H.E exploded in centre of Park Chase London

Road, 6 slight casualties.  Extensive damage to property.  Gas main damaged (S.L.T. 21.12.40)

09/12/1940    01.35  Crays Hill       I.Bs (a number) approx. 100 fell on open ground at

                                                            Crays Hill Farm.  No damage or casualties.

09/12/1940    01.45  Doddinghurst            2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in field near Wantz

Cottages and 1 H.E. and 1 Oil I.B. in vicinity of “Red House” Poultry Farm, slight damage to 2 Poultry houses.  No casualties.

09/12/1940    02.00  Ramsden       3 – H.Es unexploded, 1 at DeBeauvoir’s Farm

Bell House    (exploded at 08.00) 1 South of Railway lines (exploded  at 09.55) causing damage to Railway Embankment.  Up track closed.  And 1 at DeBeauvoir’s Farm 400 yards East of Farm.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.  (Railway line open 10.12.40).

09/12/1940    02.00  Crays Hill       2 – H.Es, 1 exploded 250 yards West of St Marys

Church and unexploded 10 yards from crater (exploded 11.12.40)  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

09/12/1940    04.10  Hadleigh        1 – H.E. exploded in road outside School House. 

The Avenue.  Damage to four houses, gas main damaged.  Telephone wires down.  The Avenue blocked (S.L.T. 21st).

09/12/1940    04.10  Crays Hill       1 – H.E exploded in a field 10 yards from A.129

and 300 yards Billericay side of Whiteridge.  No damage or casualties.

09/12/1940    04.30  Vange            2 – H.Es exploded in fields 40 yards South of High

Street and 100 yards West of Vange Church.  Extensive damage to property.  Telephone wires down.  No casualties.

09/12/1940    04.30  Little                1 – H.E. exploded in a field between Sudburys

                                    Burstead        Farm and Blind Lane.  No damage or casualties.

09/12/1940    06.30  Canvey          7 – H.Es, 4 unexploded in river in front of West

Island             Point, Thorney Bay (3 exploded at 16.50 hrs, 1 remaining) and 3 exploded near Southend Water Works emergency Pumping Station Haven Road.  Pumping Station badly damaged.  Water supply not affected.  No casualties.

09/12/1940    08.38  Foulness       3 – H.Es exploded and 15 I.Bs burnt out on Wick

                                    Island             Farm.  No damage or casualties.

11/12/1940    20.30  Mountnessing          1 – H.E unexploded in Lodge field, Thoby

                                                            Lane.  No damage or casualties.

11/12/1940    20.49  North              I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields at North Benfleet

                                    Benfleet         Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

11/12/1940    21.00  Wickford        2 – H.Es exploded in a field North West of Wantz

Corner, Chelmsford Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

12/12/1940                Rayleigh        Parachute of a flare found in a field near Crow Hill. 

                                                            Now at Rayleigh Police Station.

12/12/1940    02.15  Paglesham    14 – H.Es exploded, 1 on East Hall Road.  Closed

(open 13.12.40) 2 beside East Hall Road, 5 on South Hall Farm.  4 at Church Hall Farm and  2 on East Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

12/12/1940    21.10  Mountnessing                      4 – H.Es, 2 exploded and 2

unexploded in Moat field off Church Lane.  No damage or casualties.

12/12/1940    22.27  Mountnessing          3 – H.Es, 2 exploded in a field on

McCheyne’s Farm and 1 unexploded in 2nd meadow North West of Great Cowbridge Grange Farm.  No damage or casualties.  Disposed of B.D.S. 17.12.40.

13/12/1940    02.52  Canvey          6 – H.Es exploded in the River Thames 100 yards

                                    Island             East of Oil Wharf Jetty.  No damage or casualties.

13/12/1940    19.50  Canvey          1 Parachute mine exploded in mid-air between

Island             Canvey and the Kent Coast.  No damage or casualties.

13/12/1940                Rayleigh        Parachute flare found in field near Crow Hill (taken

                                                            by R****

14/12/1940    01.55  Sutton             2 Parachute mines, 1 exploded 400 yards North

and 1exploded 500 yards West of Beauchamps Farm Shopland.  No casualties.  Considerable damage to property.  Parachute of 1 mine at Rochford Police Station.

14/12/1940    01.55  Paglesham    2 Parachute mines, 1 exploded on South Hall

Marshes and 1 unexploded on Hare Marshes.  Slight damage to property.  Unexploded removed to Portsmouth 16th by Military.

14/12/1940    09.40  Little Warley  1 – A.A. unexploded Shell found in a field 200

                                                            yards East of Hall Lane.  No damage or casualties.

14/12/1940    18.18  Canvey          10 – H.Es exploded, 1 on “Beachville” Clinton

Island             Road, HQ of 96th Light A.A. Battery R.A. extensive damage to property.  1 soldier fatal casualty.  Military hut fired.  Underground telephone cables and telegraph pole damaged and 9 exploded in fields North and South of Canvey Road in line from Cooks Farm to Clinton Road.  S.L.T. on Canvey Road B.1014.  (open 14.12.40).

15/12/1940    20.08  Foulness       7 – H.Es exploded North West of Church End on

                                    Island             Nazewick Farm.  No damage or casualties.

15/12/1940    20.20  Canvey          2 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in the

Island             River Thames 500 yards off Scars Elbow Fort.  No damage or casualties.

17/12/1940                Paglesham    1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in orchard of East Hall. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

17/12/1940                Dunton          1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in centre Verge opposite

telegraph pole 328, Arterial Road.  No casualties. (Disposed of by B.D.S. 30/12/40).

20/12/1940    21.10  Great Warley 1 – H.E exploded in field 80 yards West of District

Nurses house.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

20/12/1940    23.55  Basildon        2 – H.Es, 1 exploded and 1 unexploded on Honey

Pot Lane.  The unexploded H.E. exploded at 11.30 the 21st, causing two casualties (slight) both Wardens.  Extensive damage to property, water main and telephone wires (Wardens names Norman and Clements)  Road open 17.1.41.

21/12/1940    05.45  Creeksea       Segt Hazlegrove and Pte Haige of the Duke of

Wellington Regt.  Stationed at Hawkwell were taking part in manoeuvres at Creeksea when they walked across land mines buried in the ground on land which was fenced off running parallel with Creeksea Road, 1 mine exploded and they were both practically blown to pieces.

23/12/1940    19.45  Ingrave           7 – H.Es exploded and about 100 I.Bs burnt out in

Thorndon Park in vicinity of Hatch Farm, 1 in garden of Rushbottom Cottage Rectory Lane.  Damage to property, 2 Salmonds Farm (damage to property) 2 Willows Farm, 1 dairy Farm and 1 at Fouchers Farm.  No casualties.

23/12/1940                Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of Curressys,

Ongar Road.  No damage or casualties.  (Disposed of by B.D.S. 24.1.41).

23/12/1940                Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in grounds of “Learigg”,

Cornslands.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 26.2.41.

27/12/1940     20.18  Hockley          1 – H.E. exploded at junction of Greensword Lane

                                                            and Lower Road.  No damage or casualties.

27/12/1940    20.30  Little Warley  1 – H.E. exploded at entrance of Codham Hall

Lane.  The lane is partly blocked by debris.  No casualties.  (Lane open 29.12.40).

27/12/1940    20.40  South Weald Windows broken at The Chequers P.H. by mine

                                                            exploding at Navestock.

27/12/1940    20.40  Barling           2 – H.Es exploded, 1 at Shoulderstick Hall and 1 at

& Sutton        Beauchamps Farm house.  Damage to property.  Aeroplane trip wires down.  No casualties.

27/12/1940    21.00  Little Warley  I.Bs (about 100) burnt out at junction of Hall Lane

and Arterial Road.  Slight damage to property And about 1 ton of hay destroyed in a stack.  No casualties.

27/12/1940    21.00  Hockley          1 – I.B. burnt out in a ditch at Marylands Wood.

No damage or casualties.

27/12/1940    21.00  Great              9 – H.Es exploded in line 100 yards North West of

Burstead        Barleylands Sewerage Works.  No damage or casualties.

27/12/1940    21.01  Billericay        I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields 400 yards West

                                                            of Barleylands House.  No damage or casualties.

27/12/1940    21.12  Buttsbury       1 Parachute mine exploded 200 yards South East

of Shoulder Hall.  Slight damage to Shoulder Hall.  No casualties.

27/12/1940    21.13  Billericay        1 Parachute mine exploded 50 yards North of

“Stricklands” Buckwyns Estate.  Damage to 8 houses.  No casualties.

27/12/1940    Night  South             1 – Parachute mine unexploded in garden of

Fambridge     “Greenways” Fambridge Road.  Tail cap found 1/2 mile from River.  Fambridge Road closed.  (Rendered safe by Admiralty 29.12.40)  Road open ( Rest of entry missing on original).

27/12/1940    21.40  Canewdon    1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 30 yards West

                                                            of Lion House.  No damage or casualties.

27/12/1940                Ashingdon    1 – Parachute mine unexploded on Marshes 400

yards South of Ashingdon School (Rendered harmless by Admiralty 29.12.40).

28/12/1940                Coxtie Green Harley Cottage in lane nr Eagle Inn.  Roof serious

and 12 panes of glass broken from blast and debris from H.E. exploded by B.D.S. during afternoon.

29/12/1940    18.30  Pitsea             2 – H.Es, 1 exploded in garden of “The Sheilings”

Rectory Road.  Slight damage to property and 1 unexploded in a field 40 yards from Rectory Road.  B.1011 closed (H.E. exploded 3.1.41 road open.  Damage to 12 houses and shops.)  No casualties.

29/12/1940    19.30  Brentwood     1 – A.A. Shell exploded on Ingrave Road opposite

“Rannock” 200 yards South of 3 Arch Bridge.  Slight damage to property and road.  No casualties.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service November 1940.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service November 1940.

Date                Time   Location         Damage

01/11/1940    05.30  Foulness       The body of a German Airman found on the

Island             foreshore at Asplins Head.  Not in water for more than 12 hours.  Bullet wound in face.  Unter Offizier.  Identity Disc 53624/22.  Papers on body cannot be read.  Removed to Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.

01/11/1940    09.00  Great              The door of an aeroplane found in a field at Wick

Wakering       Farm 250 yards South East of farm.  Number 0880299 in white paint inside frame.  Colour Grey-Green paint with 3 mica panels one is reinforced with sheet metal.

01/11/1940    19.00  South             4 – H.Es exploded 300 yards to rear of St. Vincents

Weald             Hamlet on McTurks land.  No damage or casualties.

01/11/1940    19.00  Rayleigh        3 – H.Es, 1 H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out

in a field 400 yards North of Charlie’s Café and 300 yards South of Railway lines and 2 H.Es exploded in a field 300 yards South East of Wheatleys Farm.   No damage or casualties.

01/11/1940                South             1 – I.B. burnt out in a field between Vicarage Lane

                                    Weald             and Weald Road.  No damage or casualties.

01/11/1940                Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded at Stud Farm 200 yards North

of Rayleigh Road, opposite the Maltings.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 17.5.41

01/11/1940    21.45  Billericay        4 – H.Es exploded, 2 near Cottages Ramsden

Heath Road, 50 yards East of junction of Outwood Common Road and 2 H.Es exploded and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out in fields off Ramsden Heath Road.  No damage or casualties.

01/11/1940    23.45  Ramsden       1 – H.E. exploded in a field 300 yards North West

                                    Heath             of Searchlight Station.  No damage or casualties.

01/11/1940    23.50  Mountnessing          1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in a field 30 yards to

rear of “Woodview” Old Church Lane.  No damage or casualties.

01/11/1940                North              2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in middle of A.127 500 yards

Benfleet         East of Bonvilles Farm and 1 in field 300 yards East of Bonvilles Farm.  Down track of A.127 blocked.  No casualties.

02/11/1940    19.45  Vange            I.Bs (about 100) on Marshes 1/4 mile South West

of Goldings Farm.  No damage, 1 regular Fireman seriously injured.

02/11/1940    20.00  Mountnessing          2 – H.E exploded, 1 is 100 yards West of

Lawness Farm opposite Shoulder Hall and 1 is 100 yards North on side of road to Buttsbury Road.  Road blocked.  Gas main damaged.  No casualties.

02/11/1940    20.05  Billericay        I.Bs (a number) in fields in the Vicinity of Little

Blunts Farm and Queens Park Estate.  No damage or casualties.

02/11/1940    20.30  South             2 – H.Es, 1 exploded and 1 unexploded in the back

Benfleet         garden of 253 Philmead Road (unexploded 15 yards from house).  No damage or casualties.

02/11/1940    20.30  East                1 – H.E. exploded in Ingrave Meadow at South

Horndon        West corner of Moor Lane crossroads.  Overhead electric cables down near pole 142.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

02/11/1940    20.30  Canvey          4 – H.Es exploded in fields at Pantiles Farm

Island             between Northwick and Benfleet Creek, 3 sheep killed.

02/11/1940    20.55  Bowers           8 – H.Es exploded in fields between Bowers Hall

Gifford            Farm and Little Kelvedon Hall and 1 in Kelly Road, 10 houses damaged.  Telephone wires down, no casualties.

02/11/1940    21.30  Hutton            18 – H.Es, 1 is unexploded.  All between Cresseys

Farm and Hanging Hill Lane junction with Ridgeway.  The unexploded is 1/4 mile from Cresseys Farm near a pond.  No damage or casualties.

02/11/1940    22.20  Foulness       8 – H.Es exploded in fields, 6 at Creist Wood Farm

Island             and 2 at Rushwood Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/11/1940    11.00  Great              1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 500 yards

Wakering       South of Little Wakering Hall, on surface.  No damage or casualties.

04/11/1940    19.45  Ramsden       2 – H.Es exploded in fields off Mill Lane.  No

                                    Heath             damage or casualties.

04/11/1940    20.15  Vange            9 – H.Es exploded in fields between Kingswood

Hall Farm and an orchard Bell Hill.  No damage or casualties.

04/11/1940    20.24  Vange            1 – H.E. exploded in a field 300 yards from front of

                                                            Clay Hill Garage.  No damage or casualties.

04/11/1940    20.40  North              13 – H.Es exploded, 1 at Rose Cottage, Hovefields

Benfleet         Avenue.  The remainder East part of junction Goodwins Lane and Basildon Road.  Damage to property, no casualties.

04/11/1940    20.45  Great              5 – H.Es exploded in fields and gardens of houses

Burstead        in Kennel Lane.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

04/11/1940    21.25  Ingrave           12 – H.Es exploded on Thorndon Park Golf

                                                            Course.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    03.15  Langdon        4 – H.Es exploded, 1 in High Road opposite Park

Hills                Avenue, 1 at junction of Park Avenue and Nightingale Avenue, 1 in the garden of “Amy” Park Avenue, 1  in the garden of “Homestead” Butles Green.  Water and gas mains damaged.  8 houses slightly and 5 seriously damaged.  S.L.T. on High Road, B.1007.  No casualties.

05/11/1940    04.55  Pilgrims          8 – H.Es, 7 exploded and 1 unexploded in fields

Hatch             800 yards North of Orchard Farm and 800 yards East of Ashwells Farm.  The unexploded is on Kings strip of land.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    05.08  Potton             2 – H.Es exploded in fields 1 mile North East

Island             of Potton Farm, 30 yards apart.  No damage or

                        casualties.

05/11/1940    05.20  Laindon         5 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out, 4 H.Es

in Wash Lane, 1 H.E. and 1 Oil I.B. near Pipps Hill, 200 yards North of Lee Chapel Lane on footpath.  Telephone cables down, water and gas mains damaged.  Sewer damaged.  Road closed, no casualties.

05/11/1940    05.20  Basildon        1 – H.E. unexploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out.  The

unexploded is on the West side of Pipps Hill 200 yards South of A.127.  The Oil I.B. is opposite.  Road blocked from A.127 to Basildon.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    05.30  Basildon        3 – H.Es exploded in fields West of “Endersley”

                                                            Church Road.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940                South             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 100 yards South of Drive

Weald             and 100 yards from entrance of Weald Hall.  No

                        damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    15.00  Pitsea             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of “Warden”

                                                            Lillie Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    15.00  Laindon         2 – H.Es exploded, 1 at Ronald Avenue (direct hit

on Anderson shelter) and 1 in a field off Markham Chase.  Considerable damage to property. No casualties.

05/11/1940    15.15  Laindon         German Messerschmitt 109 crashed and blew up

in a field 400 yards South of Fortune of War crossroads, at rear of Essex Tool Factory.  Machine totally wrecked.  Pilot Officer Joham Illner bailed out, but injured.  Rank Feldwebel.  Identity Number B.65176.  Born 21.2.11 at Ndufladt Wier.  Conveyed to Billericay Hospital with dislocated knee.

05/11/1940    16.59  Laindon         14 – H.Es exploded in vicinity of Dunton Wayletts,

7 North of A.127 West of Dunton Crossing, 4 in field North of A.127, 2 South of Dunton Road, 1 on cycle track South of A.127.  Road A.127 blocked, 6 slight casualties.  Gas main fired, overhead electric cables down, 2 bungalows demolished, 4 houses and a Cafe slightly damaged (Road open 7/11/40).

05/11/1940    18.15  Ingrave           1 – H.E. exploded in a field at Salmons Farm, 600

yards to rear of School Lane Cottages.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    18.50  Ingrave           4 – H.Es exploded, 2 on footpath of allotments

opposite Ingrave Post Office, 1 about 60 yards to rear of row of Red Brick Cottages and 1 in field by Clemoes Farm, Thorndon Park.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    19.15  Raweth          5 – H.Es exploded on Marshes 1/2 mile North West

                                                            of Highlands Farm.  No damage or casualties.

05/11/1940    20.00  Childerditch  1 – H.E. exploded on Childerditch Common near

                                                            the forked roads.  No damage or casualties.

06/11/1940    11.34  Langdon        “Alexander Lodge” Victoria Avenue, “Ivanhoe”

Hills                “Ivydene” “The Poplars” and “Summerside” Albert Road.  Roofs damaged by shrapnel.  No casualties.

06/11/1940    17.00  Little Warley  4 – H.Es exploded in a field at rear of Brickworks. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

06/11/1940    22.45  Laindon         12 – I.Bs burnt out in gardens of houses of High

                                                            Bank Estate.  No damage or casualties.

07/11/1940    01.00  East                2 – H.Es exploded and 50 I.Bs burnt out in fields on

Horndon        South side of Arterial Road and 1/4 mile East of Little Warley crossroads.  Considerable damage to property.  No casualties.

07/11/1940    01.05  Laindon         6 – I.Bs burnt out in fields at Dunton Hall Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

07/11/1940    19.15  Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded in a field at rear of Lapwater

Hall.  No damage or casualties.  (disposed of B.D.S. 5.12.40).

07/11/1940    19.30  Thundersley 1 – H.E. exploded 150 yards South of “Ellesmere”

                                                            June Road.  No damage or casualties.

07/11/1940    19.40  Wickford        17 – H.Es unexploded in fields and gardens in the

vicinity of Waterworks Road.  Road damaged and losed.  1 60 yards North West and 1 500 yards West of Pumping Station.  No casualties.  (Disposed of 2.1.41).

07/11/1940    19.45  South             7 – H.Es, 6 exploded at Boyce Hill Golf Club,

Benfleet         Vicarage Hill Cottage, St Marys Drive “Cleveland” Essex Way “Waincourt” St Marys Drive and 1 unexploded “Hillside View” St Marys Drive.  Essex Way and St Marys Drive closed.  Damage to property.  No casualties. (Unexploded disposed of roads open 29.11.40).

07/11/1940    19.55  Canvey          9 – H.Es exploded, 1 at 5 Waterside Cottages and

Island             8 in Dyke West of Waterside Farm.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

07/11/1940    20.10  South Weald 10 – H.Es exploded between Grove Farm Brook

Street and Sewerage Works Nags Head Lane.  Grove Farm partly demolished, 4 slight casualties.

07/11/1940    20.10  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded in Scroggles field 3/4 mile North

                                                            East of Grove Farm.  No damage or casualties.

08/11/1940    06.45  Foulness       10 – H.Es exploded 200 yards South East of

Island             Church End.  No damage or casualties.

08/11/1940    15.50  Thundersley British Spitfire caught fire in the air crashed and

burnt out at Oakleigh Poultry Farm Thundersley Common.  Sergt. Pilot of Hornchurch safe.  Machine Number Z.D.H.N. 3164 from 222 Squadron  R.A.F. Hornchurch (not due to enemy action).

09/11/1940    04.00  Billericay        4 – H.Es exploded 2 in fields and 1 near

outbuildings of Stocklands Farm and 1 near moving Nathams bungalow of foundations.  Chimney stack in dangerous position.  Extensive damage to property.  No casualties.

09/11/1940    04.00  Mountnessing          7 – H.Es, 6 exploded and 1 unexploded in

fields 150 yards to rear of Mountnessing Hall Farm.  Slight damage.  No casualties.

09/11/1940    19.00  Billericay        19 – H.Es, 1 is unexploded in fields behind

bungalows North of Potash Lane, from Stock to Ramsden Roads.  The unexploded one is 300 yards North East of Thornhill and 75 yards behind Potash Lane.  (Disposed of B.D.S. 21.12.40)  No damage or casualties.

09/11/1940    19.45  East                25 – H.Es, 24 exploded in fields in line between

Horndon        300 yards South of B’cay-B’wood Road Herongate, from rear of Old Dog P.H. to rear of Boars Head P.H. 1 is unexploded 250 yards South East of Col. Laurie’s house near the hunting gate.  No damage or casualties.

10/11/1940     19.15  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded by side of Weald Road between

Spital Lane and Tower Arms.  Road dangerous.  No casualties.

10/11/1940    20.55  South Weald 10 – H.Es exploded in fields at Weald Park and

Frieze Hall Farm.  Damage to property and water main.  No casualties.

10/11/1940    21.20  Little Warley  3 – H.Es exploded between Little Warley Hall and

Railway in fields off Hall Lane 1/4 mile South of Arterial Road.  Hall Lane partly blocked.  Slight damage to property by blast.  No casualties.

11/11/1940                Great Warley 1 – H.E. unexploded in South West corner of

Holden Wood 600 yards West of The Rustlings.  No damage or casualties.

11/11/1940    18.52  Canvey          I.Bs (a number) in fields between Scars Elbow

                                    Island             and Kynoch Hotel.  No damage or casualties.

11/11/1940    23.00  Billericay        2 – H.Es exploded, 1 near Gatwick House and 1 in

Mill Fields at entrance of Watts Farm.  No damage or casualties.

12/11/1940    08.35  Foulness       Barrage Balloon grounded and secured at Asplins

                                    Island             Head.  RAF Rochford in charge.

12/11/1940    18.45  Doddinghurst   2 – H.Es exploded 1 in field of Metsons Farm,

Crow Green Lane and 1 in a field of Dagwood Farm Dagwood Lane.  No damage or casualties.

12/11/1940    20.40  Sutton            8 – H.Es, 4 exploded, 2 in field at Butlers Farm and

2 200 yards East of Fleet Hall.  4 are unexploded on Creek side of sea wall.  Damage to property at Fleet Hall and Butlers Farm.  No casualties.  (unexploded dealt with by B.D.S. 6.12.40).

12/11/1940    20.50  South Weald 2 – H.Es exploded on Botany Field McTurks land at

back of Maylands Golf Course opposite 13th hole.  No damage or casualties.

13/11/1940    06.00  Little                2 – H.Es, 1 unexploded at Hope House.  No

Burstead        damage or casualties. (Unexploded reported as exploded B.D.S. 3.12.40).

13/11/1940    07.00  Pitsea             8 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out at

Smoky Farm, 1 mile North East of Land Reclamation Works Limited.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

13/11/1940    21.15  Bowers           5 – H.Es exploded in line from 200 yards East of

Gifford            Pound Lane and 6 yards North from London Road to 100 yards East of Church Road.  Damage to property at Bowers Gifford cottages.  No casualties.

13/11/1940    21.15  Bowers           4 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out on

                                    Gifford            Marshes.  No damage or casualties.

13/11/1940                Brentwood     1 – A.A unexploded Shell on path of 12 Elm Way

                                                            Westwood Park Estate.  No damage or casualties.

14/11/1940    12.45  Brentwood     1 – A.A unexploded Shell in garden of 24

                                                            Kavanagh Road.  No damage or casualties.

14/11/1940                South             1 – H.E. unexploded in the garden of “Thorndene”

Benfleet         Benfleet Road.  Road B.1014 closed from Water Tower to Shipwrights Drive.  No damage or casualties. (considered safe by B.D.S. 15.11.40 road open).

14/11/1940    20.40  Little                5 – H.Es exploded in fields of Bulless Farm.  Slight

                                    Burstead        damage to property.  No casualties.

14/11/1940    20.40  Crays Hill       3 – H.Es exploded in fields 100 yards North of Vine

                                                            Cottages Borwick Land.  No damage or casualties.

14/11/1940    20.50 Herongate      11 – H.Es exploded 100 yards Billericay side of

Dunton Corner Dunton Road, 2 East side of road, 1 North of road, 1 on road, 5 in field opposite Dunton Lodge, 1 in Orchard of Broad View and 1 at rear of Swallows.  Billericay Road blocked S.L.T. 16th inst.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

15/11/1940     03.15  Mountnessing          19 – H.Es exploded in the vicinity of

Lawness Farm, in line South West from point 300 yards North East of junction of Mountnessing Road with Buckwins Lane to Little Cowbridge Grange Farm at junction with road to Chelmsford S.L.T. on Mountnessing Road.  No casualties.  Road open 15.30 hrs the 15th inst.

15/11/1940    14.10  Laindon         German bailed out and landed at Laindon. 

The plane a ME109 crashed at Horndon-on-the-Hill Grays Division.  Name Feldwell Otto Yaros 29 years.  Taken to Billericay Station.

15/11/1940    18.50  Rochford       British Bolton and Paul Defiant two seater fighter

crashed on the Golf Course 500 yards South of Rochford Church when attempting to land.  Machine completely burnt out.  Pilot safe.  Gunner received slight burns.

15/11/1940    19.53  North              2 – Parachute mines.  1 exploded 200 yards from

Benfleet         junction A.127 and East end of Old Harrows Road and 1 unexploded in a field 150 yards South of Twiggs Garage 400 yards East of Harrows P.H. on South side of A.127.  Road closed between Rayleigh Wier and Nevendon Cricketers P.H.  12 houses, a school and garage damaged.  No casualties  (Unexploded destroyed by Admiralty by burning) Pound Lane open 10.12.40.

15/11/1940    20.15  Billericay        12 – H.Es 11 exploded in fields in line 250 yards

West of New Lodge Tye Common Road North West to London Road A.129.  5 houses a garage in London Road.  Outbuildings at Blunts Wall Farm damaged.  7 cows killed and 3 injured.  Telephone wires down, 1 unexploded in a field at Gt Cowbridge Grange North of London Road and 200 yards West of track to the Grange.

15/11/1940    20.55  South Weald 6 – H.Es exploded in a field opposite the 12th hole. 

Maylands Golf Course at side of Oak Wood.  No damage or casualties.

15/11/1940                South Weald 1 – H.E. unexploded in the Ride between Oak and

Fir Woods 1 1/2 miles South of Keepers Lodge at rear of Vicarage.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 23.5.41.

15/11/1940    21.55  South Weald I.Bs (a number) near Oak Wood Vicarage Lane. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    02.54  Shenfield       5 – H.Es exploded in fields opposite Alwyn Avenue

                                                            North of A.12.  No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    17.30  Foulness       The body of a German Airman found on the

Island             foreshore of Haven Gore.  Name Gefr. Tonny Boschen, born 10.9.19 at Braman.  Body not in water for more than 48 hours.  Neck broken, bullet hole in elbow of right arm.  (During the morning of 15th a German bomber dived into the Thames and the body is believed to be one of the crew).  Moved to Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.  RAF Rochford took possession of property.

16/11/1940    18.30  Ramsden       1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 1/4 mile West of junction

Heath             Mill Lane and Heath Road.  No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    19.30  Shenfield       1 – A.A. unexploded Shell on the cricket ground 30

yards from nearest house.  No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    19.50  Hawkwell       1 – I.B. burnt out in a field 200 yards East of

                                                            Nursery Corner.  No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    19.50  Hutton            5 – H.Es, 2 exploded in Cooks Nurseries, Rayleigh

Road, 1 unexploded in Flints field and 2 unexploded behind the Infirmary, Hutton Residential Schools.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

16/11/1940    19.55  Rayleigh        2 – I.Bs burnt out in a field 100 yards West of

Beckworth Farm Nelson Road.  No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    19.55  North              1 – I.B. burnt out near Fantons Hall.  No damage or

                                    Benfleet         casualties.

16/11/1940    20.05  Great Tarpots            3 – H.Es exploded in fields at side of

                                                            Romsey Road.  No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    20.08  Hawkwell       1 – I.B. burnt out in a field near Hawkwell Farm. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    20.10  Pitsea             3 – H.Es exploded 1, 50 yards West of junction

Pitsea and Station Road, 1 on Parkhurst Road, 15 yards from High Road and 1 in field at rear of Allens Fish shop.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

16/11/1940    20.10  Bowers           2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in field 60 yards South of

Gifford            London Road and 75 yards East of Church Road and 1 in garden of Gifford House 50 yards South of London Road.   No damage or casualties.

16/11/1940    20.45 Billericay        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field near “Gatwick

                                                            House” near Bell Hill.  No damage or casualties.

17/11/1940    19.15  Canvey          7 – H.Es exploded in the River Thames off Scars

                                    Island             Elbow Fort.  No damage or casualties.

17/11/1940                South Weald 2 – Parachute mines unexploded at Rochetts,

Weald Road (Rendered harmless and burnt by Military 19th).  No damage or casualties.

19/11/1940    20.00  Little                Damage to roof of “Nulli Secundus” Barrows Hall

                                    Wakering       Road by shrapnel.  No casualties.

19/11/1940    21.00  Dunton          18 – H.Es exploded in the vicinity of Dunton

Crossing, 1 at side and 1 in centre of grass track of A.127.  Remainder in fields at Calvers Farm in radius of 1/4 mile.  9 houses damaged, 2 seriously.  Aeroplane trip wire down.  8 stone pig killed at Pleasant View Road.  A.127 closed.

19/11/1940    23.00  Dunton          2 – H.Es exploded in field at rear of Dunton School,

Lower Road.  Slight damage to school.  No casualties.

20/11/1940    04.30  Paglesham    3 – H.Es exploded South of School.  No damage or

                                                            casualties.

20/11/1940    05.25  South Weald 1 – A.A. unexploded at rear of Gilstead Hall. 

Damage to property.  No casualties.  B.D.S. 21.5.41.

20/11/1940    05.30  Mountnessing          17 – H.Es, 4 exploded at rear of Gt.

Cowbridge Grange, Church Road and 200 yards from London Road at rear of sewerage works, also 1 unexploded in same position, 11 exploded and 1 unexploded on McCheyne’s Farm.  No damage or casualties.

20/11/1940    19.30  Rochford       British Bolton Paul Defiant crashed and completely

wrecked 1/4 mile East of Blatches Farm.  Pilot Officer Hackwood and Flying Officer S. Storrie of 264th Squadron Rochford killed.  No of plane 1626.

23/11/1940    06.25  Wickford        9 – H.Es exploded in vicinity of Brocks Hill. 

Junction of Lindin & Chelmsford Roads blocked (open 29.11.40), 1 exploding on road.  Gas main fired and sewer damaged, 4 houses slight damage.  No casualties.  Also 20 I.Bs burnt out in fields 3 miles South of Downham Garage.

24/11/1940    19.05  Great              2 – H.Es, 1 exploded in a field at White House

Wakering       Lodge.  Slight damage to property and 1 unexploded in a field 400 yards East of White House Lodge  (Discredited B.D.S. 1.12.40)  No casualties.

24/11/1940    19.25  Hutton             8 – H.Es near Collins Farm, 2 unexploded in a field

North West of and 6 exploded South East of Farm.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

 24/11/1940   19.45  Brentwood     5 – H.Es, 3 exploded in Cromwell and Milton

Roads and 1 at junction Warley Mount and Headley Chase.  Considerable damage to property and several persons suffering from shock and 2 unexploded, 1 at Lavenders Builders Yard and 1 at 11 Great Eastern Street.  All roads mentioned blocked.  (Open 25.11.40)  Water and gas mains damaged and sewer fractured.

24/11/1940    19.50  Thundersley 5 – H.Es exploded, 1 in Waterworks field,

Grandview Road, 1 in field 500 yards North of Hart Road, 1 on “Strathmore” Hart Road.  (House demolished) 3 persons killed, 1 150 yards North of “Strathmore” and 1 at “Hillcrest” Grandview Road (Hillcrest wrecked) considerable damage to other property.  Overhead electric cables down.  Gas and water damaged , 3 serious casualties at Hillcrest.

24/11/1940                Doddinghurst   1 – H.E. exploded in a field at Shops Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

26/11/1940                Brentwood     Nose cap of a shell fell in the garden 13 Fairfield

                                                            Road.  No damage or casualties

26/11/1940    20.00  Little Warley  15 – I.Bs burnt out in fields near Homefields

                                                            Garage.  No damage or casualties.

27/11/1940    06.40  Coxtie Green 9 – H.Es 8 exploded in fields at “Ditchleys” and 1

suspected unexploded on Coxtie Green Road East of junction with New Road.  Road closed between New Road and Wheelers Road.  (open 28th)  Water main burst.  Telephone wires down. No casualties.

27/11/1940    07.00  Little                18 – H.Es exploded in fields between Stockwell

Burstead        Hall and Thorndon Park, behind Heron Hall.  11 of these are on the Ingrave beat, Blind Lane is partly blocked.  No damage or casualties.

27/11/1940    07.40  Canvey          7 – H.Es exploded in the River Thames between

Island             Hole Haven and The Kent Coast.  No damage or casualties.

27/11/1940    19.20  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded near Sewerage Works Romford

Division.  Road closed from A.12 Brentwood Division and slight damage to property Brentwood Division.  No casualties.  Nags Head Lane Road open 15.12.40.

27/11/1940    22.15  South             5 – H.Es exploded, 4 in fields on South side of

Benfleet         Chapmans Lane and 1 in garden of 449a Perry Street, 449a partly demolished.  449 demolished. No casualties.

28/11/1940                Little                6 – I.Bs burnt out in fields at Bowers Hall Farm.  No

                                    Wakering       damage or casualties.

28/11/1940                Rochford       14 – I.Bs burnt out on the Aerodrome and Ann

Boleyn Estate.  Slight damage to 2 dwelling houses.  No casualties.

28/11/1940    09.39  Shenfield       1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in bank near Shenfield

Railway Station, 18 yards East of Railway Bridge.  No damage or casualties.

28/11/1940    14.10  Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded in Orchard of Thorndon Park. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

28/11/1940    21.50  Hadleigh        I.Bs (a number) on Marsh land South of London

                                                            Road.  No damage or casualties.

28/11/1940    23.40  Bowers           3 – H.Es 1 exploded West of farm buildings and 2

Gifford            unexploded North West of building at Little Chalvedon Hall.  No damage or casualties.

28/11/1940                Rochford       1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field North of

                                                            Temple Farm.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    01.50  Basildon        2 – H.Es exploded on Moores Poultry Farm and

Basildon Cottage Poultry Farm, 1 poultry house and 40 chickens killed at Moores Poultry Farm.

29/11/1940    19.30  Brentwood     8 – H.Es exploded in a field at rear of “Merrymead”

                                                            Sawyers Hall Lane.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    19.30  Shenfield       6 – H.Es exploded, 1 at junction A.12 and

Middleton Road, 2 at junction of Park Way and Priests Lane, 1 near “Ashdown” Hallwood Crescent, 1 at “Glendale” and 1 in field at rear of Bloomfield.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

29/11/1940    19.35  South Weald I.Bs (a number) between Spital Lane and Vicarage

                                                            Lane.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    19.45  Coxtie Green I.Bs ( a number) in fields between Red Lion Farm

                                                            and Stokes Farm.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    19.50  Basildon        6 – H.Es exploded in line from Vexek Poultry Farm

to Devonshire House Poultry Farm.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    21.45  Ramsden       2 – H.Es exploded 3/4 mile North of Lodge Farm. 

Heath Considerable damage to greenhouses.  No casualties.

29/11/1940    22.00  Great Warley 10 – H.Es exploded in fields at “Beredens”

                                                            Billericay beat.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    22.20  Paglesham    2 – H.Es exploded in fields 600 yards East of

                                                            Paglesham Hall.  No damage or casualties.

29/11/1940    22.50  Great Warley 2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in garden  of “The Crosses”

near “Goldings” and 1 near the North gate of Coombe Lodge.  Considerable damage to property.  No casualties.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service October 1940.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service October 1940.

Date                Time   Location         Damage

01/10/1940    23.45  Canvey          21 – H.Es 14 exploded and 1 unexploded in fields

Island             at Leeches Farm between Canvey Road and “Snaresbrook” Church Parade (house demolished) 5 exploded in the Winter Gardens District, 2 at “Kingsclare” Champion Avenue, 1 at “Elmsholme” Central Avenue, 1 in Cooks Field, 1 near “Oakleigh” Burwell Avenue and 1 unexploded 20 feet in front of “Currie” Burwell Avenue.  (Unexploded dealt with by B.D.S 15.1.41)  No casualties.

01/10/1940    Night  Billericay        1 – H.E. unexploded 100 yards South of Sudburys

                                                            Farm House.  No damage or casualties.

02/10/1940    00.30  Canvey          3 – H.E. unexploded in the River Thames near

                                    Island             Scars Elbow Fort.  No damage or casualties.

02/10/1940    00.35  South             I.Bs (a number) 7 in vicinity of Police houses and

Benfleet         Police Station and a large number in Kimberly Road South View Road Tyrill Road and in fields off Clifton Road.   No damage or casualties.

02/10/1940    00.40  Great Warley 17 – H.Es 16 exploded and 1 unexploded in fields

between Boyles Court and Coombe Lodge.  1 near Coombe Lodge Cottages, Coombe Green (greenhouses and brick wall damaged) 1 at side of Warley Road 200 yards South of Post Office (gas main fired, S.L.T. road open 15.10.40) 1 unexploded H.E. 250 yards to rear of Coombe Lodge copse.  No casualties.

02/10/1940    00.45  Thundersley I.Bs (a number) burnt out at “Abbycraig”

                                                            Grassmere Road.  No damage or casualties.

02/10/1940    01.20  Wickford        2 – Parachute mines exploded, 1 at rear of

“Stoketeign” Swan Lane (house demolished) extensive damage to surrounding property and 1 150 yards to rear of Swan Hotel Broadway.  3 persons killed (Arthur Gertrude and Molly Pratt) 25 houses badly damaged, 90 persons rendered homeless (accommodated with friends) Nos 1 and 2 Police houses damaged.

02/10/1940    16.00  East                1 – A.A. unexploded Shell 350 yards North of

Horndon        Dunton West Signal Box.  No damage or casualties.

03/10/1940    01.20  Billericay        2 – H.Es exploded near “Chiney Cottage” Perry

Street Stock Road.  10 houses slightly damaged, 1 uninhabitable.  No casualties.

03/10/1940    01.20  Downham     1 – H.E. unexploded 300 yards South of

“Fenndales” Little Abbotts.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S 4.2.41

03/10/1940    05.30  Doddinghurst            2 – H.Es exploded in fields off Stock Road,

near junction with Blackmore Road.  No damage or casualties.

03/10/1940                Mountnessing          1 – H.E unexploded in a field at Chainbridge

300 yards East of St Anns Lane.  No damage or casualties.

03/10/1940    16.40  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded in a Swede field in Nags

Head Lane near Keepers Cottage.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940                Foulness       Body of a German Airman found on the foreshore

Island             between Asplin Head and Rugwood Head.  In water about 7 days.  Moved to Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford (Johannes Island     Nolte 24 years Rank UFFZ)

04/10/1940    00.30  Wickford        3 – H.Es 2 exploded and 1 unexploded and 4 oil

I.Bs failed to ignite 50 yards South of Barn Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    00.45  Shotgate        3 – H.Es 2 exploded and 1 unexploded in a field

150 yards to West of Begells Avenue.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 4.3.41

04/10/1940                Little Warley  1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in Walker’s meadow

White Horse Farm South of Greyhound P.H.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 18.10.41

 04/10/1940   01.20  Downham     1 – Oil I.B. burnt out 1/4 mile East of junction of

Hawksword Road and De Beauvoir Lane.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    13.00  Basildon        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in orchard 600 yards

East of Lower Dunton Road and 300 yards West of Dunton Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    14.55  Great              2 – H.Es 1 unexploded in garden of 5 St Johns

Wakering       Cottage New Town (St Johns Road closed this exploded the 11th, slight damage to property St Johns Road open) 1 exploded in a field 100 yards East of Church and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in St Johns meadow,  Slight damage to property.  3 slight casualties, 2 male and 1 female.

04/10/1940                Crays Hill       Parachute mine which fell 24.9.40 was exploded

By B.D.S. 70 yards East of Westerns Stores.  Extensive damage to property.  Telephone wires down, 50 houses slightly and 7 badly damaged.  Road A.129 closed, 1 female and 2 male casualties.

04/10/1940    16.00  Paglesham    1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field between

“Cupola” and the Plough P.H.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    17.25 East Horndon           1 – H.E. unexploded in South East corner of

Misery field, Clay Gate Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    21.00  Langdon Hills           2 – H.Es exploded at Grays Farm, haystack

fired.  Dry Street blocked from junction of B.1007 to One Tree Hill.  No casualties.  S.L.T. 5th.

04/10/1940    21.00  Crays Hill       1 – H.E. unexploded near the Shepherd & Dog

P.H.  No damage or casualties.  P.H. closed.  (Exploded 18.12.40 road A.129 open)

 04/10/1940   21.00  Billericay        2 – H.Es exploded near “The Kennels” Kennel

                                                            Road.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    21.15  South Weald 2 – H.Es exploded and about 200 I.Bs burnt out in

fields at “Hou Hatch”, 1 slight casualty  No damage.

04/10/1940    21.30  Ingrave           1 – H.E. exploded in a field 200 yards at rear of

“Bedlams” at rear and East of cricket field.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    21.30  Billericay        1 – H.E. exploded 100 yards North of A.129 and

400 yards West of junction Mountnessing Road and A.129.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    22.30  Rochford       2 – H.Es and a large number of I.Bs on Haven

                                                            Gore Island.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    22.30  Foulness       I.Bs (a number) in a field between Great Wakering

Island             Stairs and Small Gains Farm.  No damage or casualties.

04/10/1940    23.40  Brentwood     10 – H.Es at Railway Station.  1 exploded and 1

unexploded amongst houses and old wreckage at Myrtle Road.  1 house demolished and several slightly damaged and 1 partly demolished, 2 serious casualties, 1 Margaret Allen of Stratford.  Myrtle Road blocked.  4 exploded near Nos. 2 and 3 platforms.  (Two trains derailed, three lines blocked.  Only 1 line open).  1 H.E. unexploded on North side embankment 40 yards from line opposite water filler No 4 and 3 exploded in gardens of “Greenways”, “Gatehouse” and “Withies” at Cornslands.

05/10/1940    01.30  Crays Hill       Barrage Balloon grounded at “Aveley” Crays Hill

                                                            Road.  No damage or casualties.

05/10/1940                Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded on 6th Tee Thorndon Park

Golf Course (exploded night of 5th inst).  No damage or casualties.

05/10/1940    14.43  Downham     Barrage Balloon grounded near “Frimnells”

Overhead Electric Cables down at Wick Lane.  (Taken by RAF 6th inst)  No casualties.

05/10/1940    19.45  Canvey          4 – H.Es exploded near “Next-Wych” and Winter

Island             Gardens and a number of I.Bs at Northwick and near No 8 Gun Site of 167 Battery, 59th Heavy RA.   No casualties or damage.

05/10/1940    20.45  Brentwood     I.Bs (a number) in private drive of “Merrymead”

                                                            Sawyers Hall Lane.  No damage or casualties.

05/10/1940    21.10  Doddinghurst            1 – H.E. exploded in garden of Council

                                                            Houses Church Lane.  No damage or casualties.

05/10/1940    21.45  Basildon        1 – H.E. and 50 I.Bs in fields West and South of

junction Dunton & Rectory Roads to Calvers Farm.  Up track of A.127 blocked at Basildon.  No casualties.

05/10/1940    23.30  Little Warley  1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in a field

1/4 mile West of Warley Lodge.  North of Childerditch to Clapgate Farm Road.   No damage or casualties.

05/10/1940    23.40  Thundersley 2 – H.Es exploded in a field 200 yards Arterial

Road side of Oakwood Reservoir Daws Heath and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in garden of “Oakwood” Bramble Lane.  Roof and windows damaged at “Oakwood”, “Hazledene” and “Glagsons Farm”.  No casualties.

05/10/1940    23.40  Hadleigh        1 – H.E. exploded in a field 400 yards West of

Balwood Garden Daws Heath.  No damage or casualties.

05/10/1940    23.40  Hutton            6 – H.Es unexploded in a field 200 yards East of

Hanging Hill Lane.  In fields behind Beers Cottage and 100 yards South of Sewells Cottages.  No damage or casualties.

06/10/1940    01.30  Paglesham    3 – H.Es 2 exploded and 1 unexploded in a field

West Hall Meadow, Glebe Lane, opposite the Rectory.  Slight damage to Rectory and Farm house.   The unexploded is 174 yards North of Rectory and 60 yards North of Church End Road.  No casualties.  B.D.S. 18.11.40.

06/10/1940                Downham     1 – H.E. exploded 600 yards East of junction of

Hawkeswood Road and DeBeavoir Lane.  No damage or casualties.

06/10/1940    02.40  Shenfield       2 – H.Es exploded, 1 near Wynbarn Farm and 1

near Searchlight Post, Palmers Farm, between Hall Lane and Chelmsford Road.  No damage or casualties.

06/10/1940    02.45  Doddinghurst            1 – Oil I.B. at Howes Farm, opposite Rose

                                                            Cottage Clover stack burnt out.  No casualties.

06/10/1940    03.03  Brentwood     8 – H.Es 6 exploded and 2 unexploded in Railway

Lines L.N.E.R. Goods Yard, West of Railway Station, Carriages fired opposite gas holder.  Extensive damage to Goods sheds.  Local up and down track blocked.  All trains stopped for examination.  1 unexploded 100 yards West of Railway Station exploded at 06.25, 1 H.E. unexploded 50 yards West of Railway Station.  Some carriages and 3 trains demolished Coal Wharfe fired.  Telephone wires down.  Damage to gas main.  Gas holder punctured by shrapnel.  Much damage to surrounding property.  Roofs damaged and windows broken.  1 casualty R.237. Popey.  Slight shock, sent off duty.

06/10/1940    07.45  Thundersley Barrage Balloon grounded 1/2 mile West of

Church.  Electric cables damaged.  Current restored 08.20.  No casualties.

06/10/1940    10.20  Brentwood     Damage at Brentwood and Hutton by drifting

Barrage Balloon.  Telephone and electric cables down.  Windows broken at “Freshfield” Priests Lane.  Gas Lamp Standard in Western Road and roof of house in Weald Road.  No casualties.

06/10/1940    12.45  Little Warley  1 – H.E. unexploded in Misery Field, Clay Gate

                                                            Farm.  No damage or casualties.

07/10/1940    04.00  Thundersley Damage to property by drifting Barrage Balloon. 

                                                            Also at Rayleigh and Hadleigh.  No casualties.

07/10/1940    05.50  Hockley          4 – H.Es exploded, 2 at North side of Hullbridge

Stores at Pooles Lane corner, 1 200 yards West of Ferry Road and 1 at River View Gardens.  Damage to property and gas main.  No casualties.

07/10/1940    06.00  Rayleigh        1 – H.E. exploded near house of Wards Nurseries

“The Drive” Eastwood.  End of house partly demolished.  No casualties.

07/10/1940    06.00  Raweth          6 – H.Es, 3 exploded 400 yards East of

Battlesbridge Mills and 600 yards North East of Highlands Farm, 2 unexploded 200 yards North of Beeches Road and 1/4 mile from junction of Chelmsford Road and 1 unexploded 300 yards North East of Highlands Farm.  (All exploded by B.D.S. 28.12.40)  No damage or casualties.

 07/10/1940   07.20  Foulness       10 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in fields

Island             on Hall and Lodge Farms South East of Church End. No damage or casualties.

08/10/1940     02.00  Mountnessing          3 – Oil I.Bs, 2 burnt out in fields South of

A.12 and 1 unburnt on cottage opposite The George and Dragon P.H.  2 slight casualties.  Damage to property (unburnt bomb removed 9th)

08/10/1940    02.00  Mountnessing          1 – H.E. exploded near Rose Cottage

                                                            Church Lane.  No damage or casualties.

08/10/1940    02.30  Billericay        3 – H.Es exploded on Railway Embankment 1 1/2

miles East of Billericay Railway Station.  Slight damage to embankment telephone wires down.  No casualties.

08/10/1940    02.30  Hockley          2 – H.Es, 1 exploded and 1 unexploded and 1 Oil

I.B. burnt out in fields adjoining Lower Road between the Clubhouse and Roscillian Drive.  No damage or casualties.  (removed 11.10.40)

08/10/1940    02.30  Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of

“Redbourne” highlands Avenue (removed 11.10.40 B.D.S.)

08/10/1940    04.00  Wickford        1 – I.B. burnt out in a field at Wick Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

08/10/1940    19.00  Wickford        I.Bs (a number) 1 failed to ignite in Cedar Avenue. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

08/10/1940    20.15  Little Burstead          3 – H.Es, 2 exploded in a field at St

Margarettes Farm.  1000 yards North of Calvers Farm and 1 unexploded in a spinney on Broom Hill Estate 1/2 mile West of Dunton Road.  No damage or casualties.

08/10/1940    20.30  Crays Hill       I.Bs (about 50) burnt out at Crays Hill District.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

08/10/1940                Vange             3 – H.Es exploded near “Trolage” Collingwood

Road “Oakland” Bull Road and opposite “St Ives” Rushleigh Drive.  No damage or casualties.

08/10/1940    21.30  Laindon         4 – H.Es exploded and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out at

                                                            Mundells Farm.  No damage or casualties.

08/10/1940    21.30  Great              3 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out South

Burstead        East of Barleylands Farm.  Telephone wires down on A.129 and 1 unexploded in a field at Sudburys Farm.  No casualties.  (Disposed of by B.D.S. 14.11.40)

09/10/1940    00.45  Foulness       1 – Oil I.B. failed to ignite in a field West of “Thorpe

Island             House”, South Church.  Slight damage to potato crop.  No casualties.

09/10/1940    01.00  Pitsea             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 100 yards to

rear of “Davanport” Lillie Avenue (safe 9.10.40) by B.D.S.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    02.15  Little                19 – H.Es , exploded at Little Wakering Wick. 

Wakering       Some covered by tide on Saltings, some at Bolwins Farm, Wick Farm and Little Wakering Hall.  Private water pipe at Baldwins Farm and sea wall damaged.  No casualties.

09/10/1940    03.15  Ingrave           8 – H.Es exploded, 4 at Ingrave Hall Farm, 2

in a wood and 2 in fields at Salmons Farm.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    03.15  Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded near Beers Cottage, Hanging

Hill Lane.  No damage or casualties. (exploded 28.10.40 by B.D.S.)

09/10/1940                Brentwood     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of 88 Costead

                                                            Manor Road.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    03.30  Nevendon     9 – H.Es, 8 exploded and 1 unexploded 300 yards

North of Cranes Farm and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out, all between Timber Lane and Cranes Farm.  Telephone wires down.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.  B.D.S. 6.3.41.

 09/10/1940   09.20  Hullbridge     I.Bs (a number) burnt out in a field 20 yards from

                                                            Lower Road.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    09.20  Hawkwell       I.Bs (a number) burnt out at Railway End, 2 at

Clements Hall Nurseries and 1 on Railway embankment.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    09.20  Ashingdon    I.Bs (a number) burnt out in a field 20 yards to rear

                                                            of The Oxford Club.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    10.00  Hockley          I.Bs (a number) burnt out at entrance of

“Seabreeze” St Peters Road.  No damage or casualties.

 09/10/1940   10.00  Raweth          I.Bs (a number) in a field 300 yards North West of

                                                            Tucks Mousery.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    19.45  Great              1 – H.E. exploded and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out 200

Stambridge    yards North West of Hampdon Barn Farm House.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

09/10/1940    19.50  Ingrave           I.Bs (about 50) burnt out in fields between

entrance to Thorndon Park Brimans Corner and Ingrave Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    20.04  Shenfield       1 – H.E. exploded in garden of “Hillcrest” Park

Lane.  2 serious casualties (Mr & Mrs Soundy) considerable damage to the house also to “Penny-Bryn” and “The Bungalow”.

09/10/1940    20.30  South Weald 4 – H.Es exploded, 2 in fields 200 and 300 yards

West of Searchlight Post near “Hou Hatch” 1 near “Hou Hatch Lodge” and 1 150 yards South East of Frieze Hall.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    20.40  Thundersley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell near The Blackbird

Café, 120 yards South of London Road.  No damage or casualties.

09/10/1940    20.50  Langdon Hills           1 – H.E. exploded on Nos 5 and 6 Council

Houses, Lee Chapel Lane, 2 casualties (Mrs O’Connor 78 years, died in hospital, A.J. O’Connor 71 years died 10th) Both houses demolished.  Telephone wires down.

09/10/1940    20.50  South             1 – H.E. exploded near “Rowlands” Fernlea

                                    Benfleet         Road.  Overhead electric cables damaged.  No

                                                            casualties.

09/10/1940    21.00  Langdon        1 – H.E. exploded at rear of Jacksons Farm at Lee

Hills                Chapel.  Chickens and Foulhouses destroyed.

09/10/1940    21.00  Ingrave           2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in Thorndon Park garden and

1 at Hanleys Dairy Farm.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

09/10/1940    21.18  Brentwood     4 – Oil I.Bs burnt out at “Long Marshells”,

“Mansands” School playing field, Doddinghurst Road and 1 in a field opposite Kimpton Road  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

09/10/1940    21.45  Laindon         1 Oil I.B. burnt out at junction of Victoria Avenue

and Melton Avenue.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

 09/10/1940   22.00  South             1 – H.E .exploded in a field next to “Fernlea”

Benfleet         Fernlea Road.  Slight damage to property.  No

                        casualties.

10/10/1940    03.30  Foulness       Junkers 88 German Bomber crashed and

Island             completely smashed on the Saltings on South bank of River Roach, between Horseshoe Corner and Potton Point.  Crew of 4 taken prisoner.

10/10/1940    05.30  Hadleigh        11 – H.Es exploded on Hadleigh Marshes, 300

yards West of Hadleigh Castle, in line in a South Easterly direction to within 100 yards of sea wall.  One 30 yards South and one 50 yards North of LMS Railway Lines.  Telephone wires down.  No casualties.

10/10/1940    07.15  Great              Found in a cabbage field at Oldbury Farm.  A Mica

Wakering       front of a German Aeroplane with three machine guns and a magazine of ammunition.

10/10/1940    13.00  Mountnessing          Barrage Balloon grounded and tied to a tree

                                                            250 yards North of Beckwys Farm.

10/10/1940    15.40  Canvey          3 – H.Es exploded 25 yards the river side of sea

                                    Island             wall in mud.  No damage or casualties.

10/10/1940    20.30  Wickford        3 – H.Es exploded, 1 30 yards East of Crow Farm,

1 100 yards East of Calvers Farm and 1 300 South West of the other two.  No damage or casualties.

10/10/1940    20.40  Hutton             11 – H.Es, 10 exploded and 1 unexploded, 1

exploded in Maltings, Rayleigh Road, remainder in line in fields South to Cresseys Farm.  The unexploded is 150 yards East of “Coppice” Church Lane.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

11/10/1940    16.45  Laindon         2 – H.Es exploded in fields.  1 200 yards North

                                                            West of Calvers Farm.  No damage or casualties.

 11/10/1940   20.00  Foulness       1 – Oil I.B. failed to ignite at 12 Acres Marsh Lane

                                    Island             East Wick.  No damage or casualties.

11/10/1940     22.25    Great              1 – H.E. exploded on cricket pitch near the Church. 

                                    Wakering       No damage or casualties.

11/10/1940    22.25  Little Warley  5 – H.Es exploded in fields on South side of Bird

Lane, 1/2 mile East of Warley Street.  No damage or casualties.

11/10/1940                Coxtie Green 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field opposite the

Post Office in Bluebell field.  Coxtie Farm Coxtie Green Road.  No damage or casualties.

12/10/1940    11.25  Hutton            Damage to roofs and glass at “Woodlands”,

“Sudbury”, “Kingsgate”, “Merryvale”, “Oakmere” and “Greengates” Shenfield Gardens.  Due to bomb exploded by B.D.S. at Hutton Residential Schools.  No casualties.

12/10/1940    20.45  South             2 – H.Es exploded in fields between the Vicarage

Benfleet         and Reeds Hill, opposite “Four Winds”.  Considerable damage to property.  No casualties.

12/10/1940    20.45  Ingrave           1 – H.E. unexploded 300 yards East of

                                                            Bloomfield’s House Dunning Lane, Childerditch

Open 22.11.40).  No damage or casualties.  Hole 4ft 6 ins. Dia. Over 25 feet deep.  Bomb exploded B.D.S.

12/10/1940    21.15  Hadleigh        Damage to ceilings and glass at “Maryville” Linton

Road and greenhouse by concussion and shrapnel from A.A. gun fire.  No casualties.

13/10/1940                Great Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field South of

Arterial Road 50 yards South of Telegraph pole 174.  No damage or casualties.

 13/10/1940   22.45  Great              11 – H.Es exploded in fields North East of

Burstead        Barleylands Farm, in line towards Granits Chase.  No damage or casualties.

13/10/1940    Night  Bowers           1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in back garden of Little

Gifford            Chalvedon Hall Pound Lane.  No damage or casualties.  (removed 16.12.40 by B.D.S.).

14/10/1940                Thundersley Damage by shrapnel to roof and Conservatory at

                                                            “Merrylands” Kenneth Road.  No casualties.

14/10/1940    19.53  Pilgrims Hatch          2 – H.Es exploded in a field 300 yards West

of Sandpit Lane on Hutchins Farm.  No damage or casualties.

14/10/1940                Vange            1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 35 yards from South

side of level crossing at bottom of Whyte Water Avenue.  No damage or casualties. (removed 16.12.40 by B.D.S.)

14/10/1940    20.15  Barling           3 – H.Es, 2 exploded and 1 unexploded on Marsh

Lane, 500 yards West of Barling Hall Farm & 50 yards South of concrete sluice at sea wall.  No damage or casualties.  (unexploded H.E. exploded 6.12.40 by B.D.S.).

14/10/1940                Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded in a field on right over Hutton

Wash. 40 yards North of Wash. 20 yards from river and 80 yards from the road.  No damage or casualties.

15/10/1940     20.20  Shenfield       A British Courier Plane landed at Palmers Farm,

near the 311 Searchlight Battery.  Plane and Pilot safe.  Pilot Officer Moss an Air Transport Auxiliary from White Waltham Aerodrome Maidenhead landed due to bad light.  Taking off on the 16th inst.

15/10/1940                Barling           1 – Cannon Shell unexploded at Mucking Hall

                                                            Farm.  No damage or casualties.

15/10/1940    21.10  Rayleigh        11 – Oil I.Bs burnt out in fields at Tollys Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

15/10/1940    21.32  Dunton          4 – H.Es exploded, 1 at “Airtight Cottage”, Lower

Avenue, 1 at “Jack Myn”, Victoria Road, 1 in orchard of L.C.L Colony and 1 in garden of unnamed bungalow Victoria Road.  Extensive damage to property, 3 slight casualties.

15/10/1940    21.40  Pilgrims Hatch          2 – H.Es exploded, 1 at “Cicel House”

Bentley corner and 1 at side Church Lane.  Lane partly blocked by debris and crater.  Shed demolished.  Brickwall, Lodge, Stable car and garage, greenhouse and two frames damaged.  Telephone wires down.  No casualties.

15/10/1940    22.15  South Weald I.Bs (a number) burnt out at Homesteads Estate

South Weald Road.  Chimney stack of “Newstead” damaged.  No casualties.

16/10/1940                 Ingrave           4 – H.Es, 3 exploded and one unexploded in a field

off Blind Lane Botany Hill at junction of Sudburys Lane Ingrave, 1/4 mile North West of Lapwater Hall.  No damage or casualties.

16/10/1940    02.15  Hutton            German Heinkel 111 crashed and burnt out at

Cresseys Farm 1/2 mile South of Hutton Halle at East end of South Hove Wood.  Occupants 2 prisoners and 2 dead.  One body found in ditch near the plane at 16-20 the 21.11.40.  Unter Offizier Konrad Glaser No 62728/17

16/10/1940    13.15  Great Warley 1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 1/4 mile East of

Dickins Farm Warley Street.  No damage or casualties.

 16/10/1940               Pilgrims          I.Bs (a number) in fields and Woods.  Fire at “Cicel

Hatch             House” Bentley Corner.  Haystack off Mill Road

and straw stack fired at Ashwells Farm near Bentley School. No casualties.

16/10/1940    19.20  Rayleigh        2 – H.Es exploded 1 1/4 mile West of Weir

Crossroads A.127 blocked for 1/4 mile.  Electric cables across the road.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    19.27  Pilgrims Hatch          4 – H.Es, 2 exploded in the gardens of Nos

13 and 14 Council Houses Green Lane.  Backs of houses demolished.  Unexploded in the hedge of “Comards” in Crow Green Lane at top of Green Lane and 1 exploded opposite side of road to unexploded H.E. gas main damaged.  Also 1 Oil I.B. burnt out at Moat House Farm.  Haystack destroyed and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in a ditch in Osborne’s Orchard (damage to poultry house at Moat Farm).  No casualties.

16/10/1940    19.30  Billericay        10 – H.Es exploded in fields 400 yards East of

Wardropers Farm Mountnessing Road.  No damage or casualties.

16/10/1940    19.40  Wickford        3 – H.Es exploded near Castledon Road Railway

Bridge 1 200 yards North East of the bridge and 2 250 yards East of No 1.  No damage or casualties.

16/10/1940    19.40  Ramsden       I.Bs (a number) both sides of Chelmsford Road,

Bell House    near the Fox and Hounds P.H.  No damage or

casualties.

16/10/1940                Wickford        2 – Parachute mines exploded near “Sunnyside”

                                                            Wick ????.  No damage or casualties.

16/10/1940    19.50  South             1 – Oil I.B. burnt out at junction of Hatley Gardens

Benfleet         and London Road at Great Tarpots.  No damage or casualties.

16/10/1940    21.30  Nevendon     2 – Parachute mines exploded in a field near

A.127, 150 yards East of Pipps Hill Corner, 39 houses, 11 glass houses and 4 outhouses damaged.  Telephone wires down.  A.127 blocked by debris.  3 slight casualties.  (A.127 open 17.10.40).

16/10/1940    21.40  Runwell         2 – Parachute mines exploded, 1st 50 yards from

Runwell Road, 2nd in field at rear of Dr Strom Olsems residence (one is in the Chelmsford Division).  Several slight casualties.  Extensive damage to property.

16/10/1940    21.45  Nevendon     2 Parachute mines exploded near Rectory.  The

Rectory fired and damaged.  Surrounding property damaged.  Slight damage to Nevendon Police Houses.  No casualties.

16/10/1940                Pitsea             Nose cap of A.A. Shell through roof and water tank

                                                            at “Riverview” Pitsea Estate.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    22.00  Little Warley  1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in garden of “Foxborrows”

                                                            Front Lane  2 windows broken.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    22.00  Brentwood     I.Bs (a number) Damage at Oxford Café, Ongar

Road.  No 65 Western Road, No 3 Westward Avenue, Cramphorns, High Street, Moors Timber Yard, High Street, No 1 Westwood Avenue, 39 High Street, Nos 7 and 62 Kings Chase, Supt.’s House, Police Garage, Sergt Grafton’s garden shed.  Also a number without doing damage at Kavanaghs Road, London Road, Ashford Road, Tower hill, Gardens in Kings Chase, in school field Doddinghurst Road, in grounds of Mental Hospital and Hospital grounds at Shenfield and grounds of La Plata Grove.

16/10/1940    22.15  Barling           2 – Parachute mines, 1 exploded in a creek 20

yards from sea wall.  Damage to houses over a wide area, large cracks in sea wall.  No casualties and 1 unexploded 1/2 mile North of exploded mine.  Exploded B.D.S. 7.4.41 Considerable damage to property.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    22.15  South Weald 1 I.B. burnt out at “Brean Dawn” Hill Road,

Homestead Estate.  Glass broken in conservatory.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    22.15  Brentwood     I.Bs (a number) in vicinity of No 53 Westwood

Avenue and No 8 Manor Way  Damage to property.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    22.20  Hockley          2 – Parachute mines, 1 unexploded 1/2 mile West

of Lovedowns Farm House, Lower Road, 300 yards North of Lower Road (burnt by Military 19.10.40) and 1 exploded 100 yards West of Lovedowns Farm.  Lower Road completely blocked.  Farm house uninhabitable other houses badly damaged.  3 slight casualties at “Lym Cottage” which was completely wrecked.

16/10/1940    22.20  Thundersley Plate glass window at No 7 Victoria Parade Kiln

                                                            Road blown in by blast.  No casualties.

16/10/1940    23.15  Pilgrims          1 – H.E. exploded near Mount Farm.  No damage

                                    Hatch             or casualties.

16/10/1940    Night  Canvey          1 – H.E. unexploded opposite 66 The Drive.  No

                                    Island             damage or casualties.

16/10/1940    Night  Doddinghurst            1 – H.E. exploded in a field near Wacketts

                                                            Farm.  No damage or casualties.

17/10/1940    19.00  Billericay        2 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out at

Norsey Wood.  Damage to 1 bungalow.  No casualties.

 17/10/1940   19.40  Hockley          2 – H.Es, 1 exploded in drive of “Bullwood House”

chase, 100 yards from Hockley Road.  Overhead electric cables and telephone cables down and 1 is unexploded 100 yards West of “Bullwood House” gate.  No casualties.

17/10/1940    19.45  Ashingdon    1 – H.E. exploded on Marshes off Stambridge

                                                            Road.  No damage or casualties.

17/10/1940    19.45  Ashingdon    1 – I.B. burnt out in a field off Moon Farm, 250

yards North of Canewdon Road.  No damage or casualties.

17/10/1940                Doddinghurst   1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a Linseed field of

                                                            Elmslands Farm.  No damage or casualties.

17/10/1940    19.45  Hutton            1 – H.E. exploded in garden of “Hillcrest” Park

Avenue and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out at junction of Shelly Road and Hall Green Lane.  No damage or casualties.

17/10/1940    19.45  Ashingdon    2 – H.Es exploded and 1 unexploded in a field on

South side of Canewdon Road 1/2 mile East of Ashingdon School.  No damage or casualties.

17/10/1940    20.42  Hockley          1 – H.E exploded in drive at entrance of “Turret

House” Drovers Hill.  Approach closed.  Telephone wires down, water and gas mains damaged.  No casualties.

17/10/1940    21.30  Great Warley 1 – Parachute mine unexploded in a wood 40 yards

from crossroads at Crossway Kennels, near Devils Head.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940     01.15  Hutton            1 – Parachute mine exploded in The Mount, 100

yards from Hanging Post Lane.  Road blocked from “Hillwood”, “C” 3*** Key Post, “The Homestead” damaged by blast.  “Dalhousie” and the gas main damaged at Hanging Hill Lane.  “Dameshole Cottages” demolished at Hanging Hill Lane.  “Hambury! and “Hillwood” at Hutton Mount, “Denfold” and other houses in Rayleigh Road, Young’s house and others at Hutton Wash.  Post Office and Butchers shop all damaged.  No casualties.

18/10/1940    01.15  Shenfield       1 – Parachute mine exploded at junction of A.12

and Middleton Road.  A.12 blocked from Tabours Corner to Wilsons Corner.  Fire at “Glendale”, 4 houses demolished and many others damaged., 5 serious casualties.  Gas and water mains damaged.  Telephone wires down.  Windows broken from Tabor’s Corner to Co-operative Stores, High Street.  Telephone cables damaged.

18/10/1940    01.50  Bowers           1 – H.E. exploded in a field 200 yards East

Gifford            of Ilfracombe Avenue and 200 yards North of London Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    01.55  Bowers           1 – H.E. exploded in the drive at the Rectory,

Gifford            London Road.  Overhead electric cables and

telephone wires down.  Extensive damage to The Gun P.H. Infants School and houses in the vicinity.  No casualties.

18/10/1940    02.20  Mountnessing          2 Parachute mines exploded, 1 at The

Terrace Chain Bridge.  Farm house and buildings wrecked, 50 to 60 houses, 8 shops and a P.H. damaged.  3 slight casualties.  Telephone wire down, 1 at Thoby Poultry Farm, St Anns Lane.  Several fouls killed and injured.  Many poultry houses wrecked.  Damage to surrounding houses.

18/10/1940    19.20  Ramsden       1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in a field 200 yards North East

                                    Heath             of Lodge Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    19.25  Great              1 – Oil I.B. burnt out South of Barleylands Farm

                                    Burstead        house.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    19.40  Ramsden       1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in a field 1/4 mile North of

                                    Heath             Hunts Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    19.40  Hutton            1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in fields

                                                            behind Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    20.10  Laindon         I.Bs (about 200) burnt out in fields surrounding

Southways Estate, Hasletts Farm and Northlands Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    20.10  Billericay        1 – H.E. exploded in a field near the junction of

Jacksons and Outward Common Road.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    20.15  Billericay        1 – H.E. exploded in a field 300 yards North of “The

                                                            Kennels” Kennel Lane.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    21.30  Canewdon    2 – H.Es exploded in a field near “Pudseys Hall”. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    22.40  Ingrave           1 – H.E. exploded  100 yards North and 1 – H.E.

unexploded 200 yards East of “Heron Hall” Herongate.  No damage or casualties.

18/10/1940    22.45  Rayleigh        3 – Oil I.Bs, 2 burnt out in a field 400 yards North

East of Fishers Farm, Bull Lane and 1 burnt out on road at junction of Albert and Victoria Roads.  Water main damaged.  No casualties.

19/10/1940     00.50  Sutton            5 – H.Es, 3 exploded in fields near Beauchamps 9

acres.  300 yards West of Clay Hill Farm and 2 unexploded near the same location.  Electric cables damaged.  No casualties. (Dealt with 6.12.40 by B.D.S.)

19/10/1940    04.25  South Weald I.Bs (a number) burnt out in fields at rear of Hillside

                                                            Walk.  No damage or casualties.

19/10/1940                Rayleigh        1 – H.E. exploded in a field adjoining Smith’s

Allotments Alexander Road.  No damage or casualties.

 19/10/1940   20.30  Little Warley  1 – H.E. exploded in a field at Codhams Hall Farm,

200 yards South of Codhams Hall and 500 yards West of Warley Street.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

19/10/1940    21.40  Billericay        I.Bs (a number) covering area Ramsden Hall to

Railway lines, including Stock Road.  Slight damage to a few houses, 1 slight casualty (H.C. Baker of 4 Norsey Manor cottages, burnt face and sprained leg.)

20/10/1940    00.15  Brentwood     2 – H.Es exploded in the back gardens of 37 and

                                                            39 Park Road.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    01.55  Pilgrims          I.Bs (a number) in grounds of “Millfields”

Hatch              and Hammond’s Orchard.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    02.00  Brentwood     I.Bs (a number) in grounds of Mental Hospital and

in Plantation behind “Ogden” Brook Street.  No damage or casualties.

 20/10/1940               Canewdon    1 – H.E. exploded on Marsh Lane 1/2 mile East of

                                                            Lower Raypits.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    14.35  Pitsea             1 – H.E. exploded 250 yards North East of The

Land Reclaimation Works Ltd.  No damage or casualties.

 20/10/1940   14.40  Canvey          1 Oil I.B. burnt out on “Honeydue” Green Avenue. 

Island             Unoccupied bungalow gutted.  Gas main fired.  Most of furniture salvaged.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    21.00  Great Warley 1 – H.E. exploded on Tennis Court of Dr Gibbs

residence Mental Hospital.  End of house damaged.  Windows broken Warley Road from The Barracks to Albert Road.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    21.15  Rayleigh        Heifer, property of E Smith of Walfords Farm

                                                            struck by shrapnel and had to be destroyed.

 20/10/1940   21.30  Ingrave           2 – H.Es exploded and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out in fields

 1/2 mile South of Mount Thrift Farm house, Herongate.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    21.35  Pilgrims          1 – H.E. exploded between Hatch Road and

Hatch             Bishops Hall Estate.  Damage to greenhouses and

                        windows of house.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    21.55  South Weald 1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in a field near Nags Head P.H.

                                                            Brook Street.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    21.55  Billericay        I.Bs (a number) surrounding Blunts Wall Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    22.00  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded on “Mill House” Brook Street. 

House demolished, 3 casualties (1 female killed, 1 slight and S.C. 179 White slight shock)

 20/10/1940   22.00  Great Warley 1 – Oil I.B. burnt out on farm buildings at Mental

                                                            Hospital.  Extensive damage.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    22.00  South Weald 1 – H.E. unexploded within 1/4 mile of Mascalls

                                                            Cottages.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    22.00  Ramsden       I.Bs (about 100) surrounding Ramsden Park.  No

                                    Heath             damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    22.00  South Weald 3 – H.Es exploded, 2 at rear of Birdcage field, St

Vincents Hamlet.  Window broken at “Wealdside” and 1 exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out near cottage on Romford Road.  Nos 8, 9, 12 and 13 extensively damaged and uninhabitable.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    22.10  Crays Hill       5 – H.Es exploded in fields off Church Lane.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.        

20/10/1940    22.15  Brentwood     1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in a field

off St Faiths Hospital at rear of 26 Tower Hill.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    22.20  Shenfield       I.Bs (a number) at the Grammar School.  Sports

                                                            Pavilion damaged by fire.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    22.25  Great Warley 22 – H.Es at Mount Crescent (Nos 29, 67 and 69

demolished.  Gas main damaged) Warley Mount, Myrtle Road, Warley Hill and Crescent Road.  Extensive damage to property, 8 killed and 10 injured.

20/10/1940    22.30  Brentwood     5 – H.Es, 1 exploded on embankment and 1

unexploded on down local line.  West of Brentwood Station opposite Westwood Avenue (damage to nearby property) and 3 exploded, 1 in garden between Nos 52 and 54 Western Avenue, 1 in garden of 7 Western Road and 1 on garden path between Nos 118 and 120 Western Road (extensive damage to property)  Casualties 1 killed and 1 seriously injured.

20/10/1940    22.30  Pilgrims          5 – H.Es exploded in vicinity of Weald Estate

Hatch             Cottages, Coxtie Green Farm and Red Lion Farm. 

                        Extensive damage to property, 1 slight casualty.

20/10/1940    22.30  Little Warley  2 – H.Es exploded in a field 300 yards East of Hall

Lane and 400 yards South of Arterial Road.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    22.30  Billericay        1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out South of

                                                            Outward Farm House.  No damage or casualties.

 20/10/1940   22.30  Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 500 yards from

Hanging Hill Lane and 100 yards South of footpath to Hutton Church.  No damage or casualties.  (exploded 28.10.40)

20/10/1940    22.35  Brentwood     1 – I.B. burnt out at “Park House” Cornslands. 

                                                            Slight damage by fire.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    22.45  Shenfield       8 – H.Es exploded and several Oil I.Bs burnt out in

area of Three Arch Bridge.  The Chase blocked at Seven Arch Bridge end.  Damage to property.  Bullock killed in a field behind the Fountain P.H.

20/10/1940    22.45  Hutton            1 – H.E. exploded in yard of Wades Cottages at

corner of Hanging Hill Lane, 1 rendered uninhabitable, others badly damaged.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    22.45  Brentwood     I.Bs (a number) in vicinity of Ongar Road, Costead

Manor Road and Highwood Hospital.  Also at “Oakdene” 9 St Charles Road ( damage to property).  No casualties.

20/10/1940    23.00  Shenfield       2 – H.Es 1 exploded on footpath between Hall

Lane and Sawyers Hall Lane.  Damage to property.  Water course and a tree left in dangerous condition and 1 unexploded and

2 Oil I.Bs failed to ignite behind Hall Farm, Hall Lane between Hall Lane and Canterbury Tye.  No casualties.

20/10/1940    23.15  Downham     6 – H.Es exploded, 3 in fields North of “Downham

House” and 3, 300 yards North West of Crews Heath Farm.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    23.30  Billericay        3 – H.Es exploded in a field North of Little Blunts

                                                            Farm.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    23.30  South Weald 1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in fields

at Halfway House Farm and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in Kings field at Corner of Spital Lane.  No damage or casualties.

20/10/1940    23.35  Brentwood     2 – H.Es 1 exploded and 1 unexploded at side of

A.12 near Police Station (Sapper Walker killed and 2 slight casualties)  Water and gas mains, sewer, telephone and electric cables damaged.  The unexploded H.E. exploded at 04.00 the 21st.  Considerable damage to property for 60 yards.  Road closed (open 22.11.40)

20/10/1940                Herongate     1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field on Park Farm. 

50 yards East of Brentwood Road.  No damage or casualties.

21/10/1940    00.10  Brentwood     8 – H.Es exploded and 4 Oil I.Bs burnt out, 3 H.Es

and Oil I.Bs in the vicinity of Victoria Arms and Castle P.H. and 5 in the vicinity of swimming bath, Western Road and extensive damage to property, 1 slight casualty.

21/10/1940    00.15  Brentwood     2 – H.Es exploded 1 50 yards East of “Hermitage”

and at “Sifton Villas”, 3 houses uninhabitable, 3 slight casualties.  Sewer fractured.

 21/10/1940   00.45  Shenfield       9 – H.Es exploded in a field near Heard Farm.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

21/10/1940    01.00  Doddinghurst             1 – H.E. exploded in a field opposite the

Council Houses Church Lane.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

21/10/1940    01.17  Canvey          5 – H.Es exploded in the River Thames, 100 yards

Island             South of Scars Elbow Fort.  No damage or casualties.

21/10/1940    01.45  Mountnessing          9 – H.Es 7 exploded and 2 unexploded in

fields of Bellmans Farm.  The 2 unexploded are between Bellmans Farm and Keepers Cottage.  No damage or casualties.

21/10/1940    02.20  Hutton            1 – H.E. unexploded near Wades Cottages,

Hanging Hill Lane.  No damage or casualties.  (exploded 28.10.40 by B.D.S.)

21/10/1940    04.00  Hutton            Electric light failed.

21/10/1940    12.35  Pitsea             6 – H.Es exploded, 4 on Marshes and 2 in a Creek,

100 yards South East of The Land Reclaimation Works Ltd. In line 100 yards West.  No damage or casualties.

21/10/1940    20.00  Shenfield       1 – H.E. exploded in the road in Shenfield

Crescent.  Slight damage to property, 1 slight casualty.  (Mr. Fleurey).

22/10/1940    03.10  Foulness       2 – H.Es exploded in fields near Marsh Farm. 

                                    Island             Damage to barn and shed.  No casualties.

22/10/1940                East                1 – A.A. Shell exploded in centre of Arterial Road

Horndon        200 yards East of East Horndon crossroads.  Slight damage to road A.127.  No casualties.

22/10/1940                Billericay        1 – Oil I.B. failed to ignite in a wood, 600 yards off

Outwood Common Railway Bridge and 100 yards from Railway lines.  No damage or casualties.

22/10/1940                Hadleigh        Damage by blast or shrapnel at “Mayfield” Eaton

                                                            Nurseries.  No casualties.

22/10/1940                Pitsea             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell, 100 yards East of

Shipwrights Drive and 200 yards South of new school.  No damage or casualties.

22/10/1940    15.05  Shenfield       British Hurricane made a forced landing near the

Searchlight Station, Fritzwalters Farm, Hall Lane.  No GNE-V 6566.  Slight damage to machine.  Pilot Officer Thompson from North Weald safe.  Not the result of enemy action.

22/10/1940    18.10  Hockley          British Miles Magester made a forced landing in a

field adjoining Lower Road.  Machine and Pilot safe.  Not the result of enemy action.

22/10/1940    19.30  Dunton          3 – H.Es, 2 exploded in a field at Southfield Farm

and 1 unexploded 150 yards South West of Shoulder Hall Mountnessing.  Also 1 Oil I.B. burnt out at Southfield Farm.  No damage or casualties.

22/10/1940    20.00  Barling           5 – H.Es unexploded on Saltings and in a Creek at

rear of Barling Hall.  No damage or casualties. (exploded 6.12.40 by B.D.S.)

22/10/1940    23.20  Hockley          I.Bs (a number) in fields at West of The Bull P.H.

and off the Southend main road.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

23/10/1940     18.50  Ashingdon    1 – H.E. exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in fields

near Ashingdon School.  Damage to property.  Electric cables damaged.  2 slight casualties.

23/10/1940    20.30  Canvey          2 – H.Es exploded in garden of “Alice Rook” Appos

Island             Road, 1 bungalow demolished, other property damaged, 2 slight casualties.

23/10/1940                Hutton            1 – A.A. unexploded Shell on greensward on West

side of Hanging Hill Lane between Mount Avenue and Hall Green Lane.  No damage or casualties. (exploded 28.10.40).

23/10/1940    21.40  Billericay        2 – H.Es exploded 100 yards West of Outwood

Common Road and 150 yards South of Railway.  Gas main and several houses damaged.  2 slight casualties.  Also 2 Oil I.Bs on embankment of Railway and in garden 40 yards East of Railway embankment.

24/10/1940    02.30  Hullbridge     5 – H.Es exploded, 1 in Cracknells Farmyard.  2 in

field at Sheepcotes Farm and 2 in fields at Barlons Farm between Mayfields Avenue and East of the border of Barlons Farm.  No damage or casualties.

 24/10/1940    02.30  Hullbridge     1 – H.E. exploded off Mayfield Avenue.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

24/10/1940    02.45  Hockley          2 – H.Es exploded, 1 in a field opposite Lovedowns

Farm and 1 at rear of “Riverside Guest House” Lower Road.  No damage or casualties.

24/10/1940    19.30  Langdon        2 – H.Es exploded East of “Towong” The Chase. 

Hills                No damage or casualties.

24/10/1940    19.52  Pitsea             5 – H.Es, 3 exploded and 2 unexploded on the

Saltings 500 yards from sea wall.  North East of Waterside Farm.  No damage or casualties.

 24/10/1940   20.30  Langdon        2 – H.Es exploded in the garden of “Silver Birch”

Hills                Victoria Avenue.  Extensive damage to property.  No casualties.

25/10/1940    19.20   Hullbridge        I.Bs (a number) in fields 300 yards West of Kingsmans

                                                            Farm Pools Lane.  No damage or casualties.

25/10/1940    19.45  Vange            I.Bs (a number) burnt out in a field at Nicholsons Farm. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

25/10/1940    19.45  Canewdon    I.Bs (a number) at Canewdon Hall.  Slight damage

                                                            to property.  No casualties.

25/10/1940    20.00  Hockley          17 – H.Es exploded between Collys Farm,

Hullbridge Road and Murrells Lane near the footpath to Railway.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

 25/10/1940   20.00   Hockley           1 – H.E. exploded 250 yards West of Railway

Bridge over Chelmsford Road at bottom of Railway Bank.  No damage or casualties.

25/10/1940    20.00  Langdon        I.Bs (a number) burnt out at Partridges Farm Dry

                                    Hills                Street.  No damage or casualties.

25/10/1940    20.15  East                1 – H.E. exploded in a field near Cockridden Farm,

Horndon        200 yards East of Brentwood-Tilbury Road.  No damage or casualties.

25/10/1940    20.15  Ingrave           1 – H.E. exploded on a shed at rear of Childerditch

Hall Cottages.  Extensive damage to property, 8 casualties, 1 fatal (Mr Dickens) 3 serious, 4 slight, 9 people rendered homeless.  Housed at The Lodge Childerditch Hall..

26/10/1940    05.40  Rayleigh        3 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out in fields

between Railway and Arterial Road at Great Wheatleys Farm.  Overhead electric cables damaged.  No casualties.

 26/10/1940                Doddinghurst             1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in Metsons field,

Mountnessing Road opposite Pettite Farm.  150 yards from road.  No damage or casualties. (B.D.S. 14.5.41)

26/10/1940    17.10  Wickford        3 – Oil I.Bs failed to ignite in a field 50 yards to rear

of “Silverdale” Runwell Road.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

 26/10/1940   18.00  Potton            1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 200 yards East

Island             of Farm house and 10 yards North of cattle shed.  No damage or casualties. (dealt with 6.12.40 by B.D.S.).

26/10/1940    18.15  Doddinghurst             1 – I.B. burnt out at side of “Adelaide”

Cottage Swallows Cross.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.

26/10/1940    18.55  Foulness       2 – H.Es exploded in a field at Rugwood Farm.  No

                                    Island             damage or casualties.

26/10/1940    19.08  Shenfield       3 – H.Es 2 exploded and 1 unexploded near the

Searchlight Station in Hall Lane.  The unexploded is 250 yards West of Hall Lane.  No damage or casualties. (exploded 13.12.40 by B.D.S.)

26/10/1940    19.15  Doddinghurst             1 – H.E. exploded and 2 Oil I.Bs burnt out in

fields adjoining “Adelaide” Cottage, Swallows Cross Road.  Damage to property. And 3 tame rabbits killed.

26/10/1940    23.20  North              2 – H.Es exploded in fields 400 yards and 600

Benfleet         yards South East of Bonvilles Farm.  Damage to property and 1 heifer killed.

26/10/1940    23.35  South             I.Bs (a number) burnt out at Jotmans Lane. 

Benfleet         Damage to “Elmview” London Road, “Jotmans Hall” and 35 Jotmans Lane.  No casualties.

27/10/1940                 Brentwood     1 – H.E. unexploded in centre of down track 150

yards West of Railway Station.  Down main line closed. No casualties. (removed 29.10.40 by B.D.S.)

27/10/1940                Runwell         2 – H.Es unexploded in a field 130 yards East of

                                                            “Algars” Runwell Road.  No damage or casualties.

27/10/1940                Mountnessing          1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in Smith’s field

opposite Arnolds Lane, 100 yards from gate.  No damage or casualties.

27/10/1940                Laindon         1 – A.A. Shell exploded in garden of “Jubilee” 50

yards West of Fyfield Road and 200 yards South of Borne Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

27/10/1940    21.00  Hadleigh        1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in garden of “Crawley”

                                                            The Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

27/10/1940    21.50  Doddinghurst            I.Bs (a number) burnt out in wood opposite

                                                            Elphicks Ongar Road.  No damage or casualties.

28/10/1940    16.45  Canvey          2 – H.Es exploded on Odells Dump, Northwick. 

                                    Island             Sea wall damaged.  No casualties.

28/10/1940    16.50  Canvey          1 – H.E. exploded in River Thames off Hole Haven

                                    Island             Jetty.  No damage or casualties.

28/10/1940    21.55  Rochford       1 – H.E. exploded in Websters field 200 yards

North of Eastwood Road.  No damage or casualties.

28/10/1940    22.00  Rayleigh        1 – H.E. exploded at rear of Barringtons High

Street.  Extensive damage to property.  One casualty (slight).

28/10/1940    22.00  Hadleigh        1 – H.E. exploded on a Bird Sanctuary at

“Breakwood”.  Extensive damage to property in Poor Lane.  No casualties.

29/10/1940    01.45  Bowers           4 – H.Es exploded, 1 at Smoky Farm, 2 at Slateys

Gifford            Farm and 1 at South Staines Farm.  No damage or casualties.

29/10/1940    04.30  Pitsea             Roof damaged by shrapnel at “Adelfi” Railway

                                                            Terrace.  No casualties.

29/10/1940    19.17  Billericay        I.Bs (a number) in fields at Ninges Farm Tye

                                                            Common Road.  No damage or casualties.

29/10/1940    19.30  Hadleigh        I.Bs (a number) at rear of “Jensford” Hall Crescent. 

                                                            No damage or casualties.

29/10/1940    19.30  Hutton            I.Bs (a number) in fields opposite “Sandhurst Hall”

                                                            Green Lane.  No damage or casualties.

29/10/1940    19.30  Great              10 –  H.Es unexploded, 1 150 yards at rear of

Burstead        “Alva”, 1 150 yards at rear of “Rodways”, 1 200 yards at rear of “The Elms”, 1 15 yards at rear of “Redways” 1 150 yards at rear of “Horrace House” at Noak Hill.  1, 100 yards , 1, 25 yards at rear of “King-Tor” 1, 100 yards to rear of “Outfield” 1, at rear of “Horndon House”, Church Street, 1 at side of Church Street 80 yards East of B.1007.  Church Street closed from B.1007 to Kennel Lane.  People evacuated.  No damage or casualties. (dealt with 17.12.40 by B.D.S)

30/10/1940    01.20  Great              1 – H.E. exploded at Star Lane opposite Melton

                                    Wakering       Hall Brickfields.  No damage or casualties.

30/10/1940    15.35  Wickford        1 – H.E. exploded North of Goods Yard.  No

                                                            damage or casualties.

30/10/1940    19.00  Canewdon    3 – H.Es exploded on Marshes at Norpits Farm. 

                                                            Damage to property.  No casualties.

 30/10/1940   19.20  Foulness       4 – H.Es exploded, 2 on riverside of sea wall,2 on

                                    Island             Rugwood Marshes.  No damage or casualties.

30/10/1940    19.30  South Weald 7 – H.Es exploded in 11 acres field between

Putwell Bridge and Railway lines, Brook Street.  No damage or casualties.

 30/10/1940   19.30  Wallasea        4 – H.Es, 3 exploded and 1 unexploded 500 yards

Island

Island             East of Tile Barn near the sea wall.  Sea wall damaged.  No casualties.

30/10/1940    19.40  Little                1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in a field 400 yards South East

Burstead        of St. Margarettes Farm.  No damage or casualties.

30/10/1940    19.50  Hutton            1 – H.E. exploded in Paddock field, 1 slight

casualty.  10 houses damaged, 5 of them seriously.  Residence (residents) of 5 badly damaged houses evacuated.

30/10/1940    20.00  Mountnessing          1 – Oil I.B. burnt out in a field near “Adelaide

” Cottage, Swallows Cross, 100 yards from Swallows Cross Road.  No damage or casualties.

30/10/1940    21.10  South             1 – H.E. exploded in a field 20 yards to rear of the

                                    Stambridge    Church.  No damage or casualties.

30/10/1940    21.20  South Weald 2 – H.Es, 1 exploded near “Mascalls House”. 

Poultry and dog killed.  Damage to property at “Mascalls” and Mascalls Cottages.  Telephone wires down and 1 unexploded 250 yards from Mascalls Lane between Railway lines and Brook Street.

30/10/1940    21.30  Laindon         2 – H.Es exploded and 1 Oil I.B. burnt out. 

“Hillview”, Elizabeth Drive damaged by Oil I.B.  H.Es at “Burleigh” Ravenscourt Drive and “Dawn” Le Chaple.  Both houses and surrounding property damaged.  20 people homeless.  No casualties.

30/10/1940    21.30  Pilgrims          2 – H.Es, 1 exploded in a fields near Newlands

Hatch                         bungalow Orchard Farm and 1 unexploded nearby.  Damage to property.  No casualties.  (unexploded dealt with by B.D.S. 14.12.40)

30/10/1940    21.40  Little                2 – H.Es exploded in a field at St. Margarettes

                                    Burstead        Farm.  1 cow killed.

30/10/1940    22.15  Vange            1 – H.E. exploded at top of Clay Hill.  Road

blocked.  Maple Lodge and “The Maples” badly damaged, 1 serious casualty.  (S.C. 1647 Taylor).

31/10/1940    11.00  Hadleigh        Damage to ceilings at “Linton Villa” by Gun fire. 

                                                            No casualties.

31/10/1940    19.30  Pitsea             I.Bs (a number)  Damage to property at “The White

Bungalow”, Rectory Road, 12 Victoria Avenue.  Remainder in fields East and West of Rectory Road and Staceys Farm, Timber Log Lane.  No casualties.

31/10/1940    19.35  North              2 – H.Es and 2 Oil I.Bs, 1 H.E and 1 Oil I.B.130

Benfleet         yards West and 1 H.E. and 1Oil I.B. 130 yards East of Harrows P.H. Arterial Road.  Down track of A.127 blocked and S.L.T. on up track.  Gas main fired.  Overhead electric cables down.  No casualties.

31/10/1940    19.35  Rayleigh        5 – H.Es exploded between Stephens Farm, Bull

Lane and “Turrett House”.  Considerable damage to property.  No casualties.

31/10/1940    19.35  Wickford        5 – H.Es, 4 exploded at “Larksmead”, “The Chase”,

“Fairmead” and at junction of The Chase and Crossways Cranfield Park and 1 unexploded in a ditch at side of Pound Lane, 120 yards South of Harrow P.H.  Damage to road gas and water mains and sewer.  Damage to property.  The Chase and Crossways blocked.  No casualties.

31/10/1940                Little                4- H.Es exploded in fields 400 yards South of St.

                                    Burstead        Margarettes Farm.   No damage or casualties.

31/10/1940                Canvey          1 – A.A. unexploded Shell in a field 25 yards North

                                    Island             West of Fleece Farm.  No damage or casualties.

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TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT. 22 November 1916

ARMY BOOK 152
CORRESPONDENCE BOOK
(FIELD SERVICE)
Opened on Nov. 1st 1916.
Started Intelligence Nov 21st 1916.
Norman Richardson
2nd Lieut S.O.
SIGNAL SECTION.
DECK.
TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT.
From 2 pm, 21st 11/16 till 6 am, 22nd/11/16
Operations.
1. Enemy Artillery. 4.45 pm – 6 pm: Hostile Artillery was active on our front line, chiefly on the centre and left, and on YOUNG ST and YUSSIF. “R” line also received some attention near YULE ST.
It was mostly 77 mm H.E. fired from PUISIEUX direction together with a few rounds of 5.9 and 4.2 Howitzer.
Fairly quiet during night.
2. Own Artillery. Active all night with occasional bursts. Most of the firing seemed to be on our right.
3. Enemy Trench Mortars. 5.35 pm – 6.0 pm: Somewhat active on our front line.
A Medium T.M. appeared to be firing in the direction of YUSSIF.
Aerial Torpedoes ? Reported falling near advanced post, K.3.d.30.25.
4. Machine Guns. One M.G. was active from about 11.0 pm till 1.30 am traversing ‘R’ line in the vicinity of YOUNG ST. K.3.d.50.20.
INTELLIGENCE.
Enemy movements: At 3.30 pm one of our posts saw a party of about 12 Germans leave their trench about K.4.b.40.20.
They came forward towards their wire. The post fired and they dropped down.
About 30 mins later, one man was seen to double back to the trench.
Observations: During the night a M.G. somewhere about K.11.a.central was sweeping the parapet of ’C’ line.
Our Lewis Guns replied with no apparent result.
N. Richardson
2nd Lt.
I.O.
DECK
8.0 am.
——————————
22/11/16
DECK.
TACTICAL PROGRESS REPORT.
From 6.0 am, to 6 pm.
Enemy Artillery: Occasional rounds were fired about midday into HEBUTERNE, mostly 77 mm.
Enemy fired about ten 77 m.m. shells on “R” line at the junction of YORKE. No damage was done.
Trench Mortars: Between 1.30 pm and 2.15 pm a few L.T.M. Bombs fell on the front line. These appeared to be fired from about K.4.c.80.65.
Machine Guns: Enemy machine guns slightly active during early morning.
INTELLIGENCE.
Enemy Aeroplanes: 11.35 am, an enemy plane over our lines.
2.15 pm, another attempted to cross our lines.
3.30 pm, aircraft active on both sides. Two enemy aeroplanes appeared to bring down one of our fighters just south of HEBUTERNE.
Sniping: After having made a careful reconnaissance of our sector, it was found that there were no sniping posts, but good positions have been chosen.
Posts are under construction at two points:-
1. K.10.a.80.60. Field of fire over K.4.c.& d; nearest point of enemy lines, 350 yds.
2. At junction of Calvarie, Thorpe & Yus Trenches. Field of fire & frontage for observation will be given later. [K.3.d.5.4.]
There has been no sniping today on either side.
The light has been very bad.
N. Richardson
2nd Lt.
I.O.
DECK

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne November 1917

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne

EXTRACTED FROM.

Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
Correspondence
—————–

November 1917

NOVEMBER THE FIRST, 1917.
Brigade Headquarters.
I have been reading the Times Literary Supplement and Gilbert Frankau’s “Woman of the Horizon”, but the latter was not a book I think worth while.

We have been shelled out of our Headquarters and have had to move. It was getting a bit too hot, especially at night. We are trying to settle down in our new quarters, a barn; but it is very cold. No fires are allowed at all, as the smoke would certainly be seen. However the Adjutant returns in a day or two, and I go back to my battery’s gun-line. I think it is about time, as I am tired of indoor work.

The Colonel is in a very bad temper to-day. He was late for an appointment with the General.

The Boche seems to be having it all his own way in Italy. I suppose we shall have to stop the rot. I wonder what soldiering would be like in Italy.

R.P. November 11, 1917.
Queen’s Hotel,
Westcliff-on-Sea.
The above is my address. I arrived here this afternoon and am sharing a room with the Colonel.

We are here on a Senior Officers’ Course.

November 11, 1917.
Queen’s Hotel
Westcliff-on-Sea.
The above is my address! I arrived safely this evening and am sharing a room with the Colonel!!

SECRET.
175th (Army) Brigade, R.F.A. S/1085.
1. The Brigade (Less C Battery) will be withdrawn to their Wagon Lines on the night 15/16th inst., when they will come under the orders of G.O.C.R.A., XVth Corps.
2. The responsibility for the Artillery Defence of the Front at present covered by E Group will be taken over at 4.30 p.m. on the 15th inst by O.C. B Group.
3. The necessary adjustments of S.O.S. Lines are given in the 42nd D.A. Instructions No. 29, attached hereto.
4. Move to Wagon Lines at GHYVELDE will be commenced directly darkness sets in.
5. Acknowledge.

14/11/17
Captain,
Adjutant, 175th Bde. R.F.A.

(The Brigade left the 42nd Division and their zones were covered by spreading the zones covered by Sykes Group and the remainder of E Group (400th Battery and B/210 Battery, and E Group came under the command of O.C. B. Group)

R.P. November 16, 1917.
B.E.F.

Yesterday I arrived safe and sound, but completely disgruntled, and found everything as I expected. The Major is still away sick, and being in command I shall be responsible for the move. You can guess where to.

Things are in a great mess, but no doubt they will straighten out in time.

On the boat coming over I met Sidney Swann and Ted Collins and also two of our subalterns returning, having been recalled also. I met Reg at the Officers’ Club in Boulogne, and dined with him and Swann and Collins. I saw him again the next morning.

I managed to get a car to take me all the way to the wagon lines, so I was very lucky.

That night we had a Brigade dinner and I was vice chairman, and had to make a speech.

I am so sorry I had to leave so early. Thank you for getting up to see me off. I hope you were not very tired.

The course served me well as I was able to see you all before I go far away where no leave can be expected for a long while.

November 16, 1917.
Yesterday I arrived quite safely here, and found everything in a great commotion, as I expected. The import of the wire which brought the Colonel and myself back here was as I thought. So now you know where we are bound. Everything is upside down. The course at Shoeburyness which should have given us six weeks at home, just enabled up to get two days in England. Well! The best laid plans of mice and men…. And we are but mice now.

I had two hours in Folkestone. On board I met Sidney Swann, the Cambridge, now a chaplain, and Ted Collins, a very old friend from Bath, who is in the Cavalry, also two of our subalterns in the same plight as the Colonel and myself.

At Boulogne I met Reg, at the Club, and he, and Swann, Collins and I had dinner together. That night I stayed in Boulogne, and in the morning got a lift in a car with our two subalterns to the wagon lines. That night we had a Brigade dinner. I had to make a speech! Jock Amour toasted the ladies. Very appropriate, wasn’t it?

As the Major seems to be permanently sick, and is still away, I am again in command of the Battery, and short-handed. It involves a great deal of work when we have a long move. Having had a pleasant stay in Blighty snatched away in that fashion, I am a bit disgruntled, not unnaturally.

You will have to procure some very different maps now if you still take an interest in our movements. The Colonel is very pleased with the move and himself. He thinks he is going to win “great honour and glory” where we are going. I doubt it. we shall probably find ourselves in a horrible mess.

Well! Well! Au Revoir.

SECRET.
175th ARMY BRIGADE R.F.A. ORDER No 1.
1. The Brigade will entrain at LOON-PLAGE for MODANE.
3. Units will be at the entraining station 3 hours prior to the time fixed for departure.
7. Distance to LOON-PLAGE from here is 15 miles.
8. SUPPLIES. 14 days supplies will be in lorries at LOON-PLAGE on the morning of the 18th inst. Units will send one officer, one N.C.O., and a small party to meet the Adjutant at that hour and that place for the purpose of dividing the supplies.
10. Headquarters will leave the wagon line at GHYVELDE at 4 p.m. on the 17th inst.

16.11.17.
BRIGADE ORDERS.
POSTING Captain W.V. Greetham, 15th Hussars, is posted to the 175th Brigade, R.F.A. as Advisor in Horsemastership with effect from todays date.
2/Lieut. H. Griffiths C/175 Bde. R.F.A. is posted to B/175, Bde. R.F.A. with effect from todays date.

A, Battery 175th Brigade, R.F.A.

ENTRAINING STATE.

Two Sections One Section TOTALS
Train No Train No
232 235

Officers… 4. 2. 6.
Other Ranks… 121. 64. 185.
Horses..
Light draught.. )113. 57. 123.
Riders ) 47.
Heavy Draught 4. 2. 6.

TOTAL HORSES.. 176.

Guns 18pdr. Q.F.
with Limbers 4. 2. 6.
Ammunition Wagons 8. 4. 12.
Wagons G.S…. 3. 1. 4.
Water Cart 1. -. 1.
Mess Cart 1. 1.
Total Vehicles 24.

17, November 1917

SECRET

MOVE OF THE 175th BRIGADE ARMY FIELD ARTILLERY, R.F.A.
Entraining Station, Loon-Plage.

TRAIN Serial Nos. UNIT. Time of Date.
No. Departure.
1. B.40. Headquarters
B.43a. 1/3 How. Battery 11-45 18th Nov.
2. B.43. 2/3 How. Battery 17-45 do
3. B.41. 2/3 A. Battery 23-45 do
4. B41a. 1/3 AB 5-45 19th Nov
B42a. 1/3 BB
5. B42. 2/3 BB 11-45 do
6. ½ Brigade Amm. Col. 17-45 do
7. do 23-45 do

Acting Traffic Officer
COAST AREA
TRAFFIC OFFICE
MALO
16th Nov. 1917

(The whole Brigade want via VINTIMILLE with the exception of Train No. 3 2/3, A. Battery.)

Region Esercito Italiano

COMANDO MILITARE ITALIANO
Modane.

Foglio di viaggio per servizio.
Il Cpitano dell’Esercito Inglese A.A.L. Payne, con 4 Ufficiali e 121 soldati deve viaggiare il giorno 21-11-17, da Modane a Piacenza.

Modane, li 21-11-17

Il Capitano
Comandante Militare di Stazione

(Ufficio Carabinieri Reali Modane.)

ROUTE TO ITALY.

Train No. 232.
Marche A.N. 24.

LOON-PLAGE Entrained. Night 18/19th November 1917 via Calais.
HAZEBROUCK
AMIENS
LONGEAU Halte Repas
CHATEAU THIERRY
EPERNAY
CHALONS-SUR-MARNE at 7.30, p.m.
VITRY-LE-FRANCOIS (Along the valley of the Marne.)
CHAUMONT
GRAY
BOURG.
AMBERIEU.
CHAMBERY.
SAINT PIERRE d’ALBIGNY (Ascend the valley of the Isere.)
MODANE Mont Cenis Tunnel (Eight miles long nearly.)
South end of tunnel, Bardonnecchia, the first Italian Station.
Best views on the left.

ROUTE in ITALY.

Down the valley of the Dora Riparia
Chiomonte. Through the wild and narrow Le Gorgie.
Susa on left the town of Susa with Roman Arch.
BUSSOLENO Junction for Susa.
Borgone. Pass over the Dora.
Condove.
S. Ambrogio
TURIN
PIACENZA.
MANTOVA
ISOLA DELLA SCALA. Arrived on the evening of the 22nd November 1917.

Nov 24th 1917 rode into Verona lunched and bought a Baedeker visited the Arena of Diocletian.

R.P. Post cards.

F.S.P.C. 21, 11, 17
do 21,11,17, Post mark “Louhans a Dijon” 21,11,17
P.P.C. Torino. 21,11,17
P.P.C. Mantova Dated Nov. 22, 1917. Post mark, “Comando del Presidio di Mantova”

FIELD SERVICE POST CARDS.
Nov. 20, 1917. Postmark “LOUHANS A DIJON
Nov. 21, 1917. DO “MODANE GARE”

P.C. from Turin.
P.C. from Mantova

R.P. November 25, 1917.
No letters from home have yet reached us yet, and are not likely to do so yet. I hear there are forty bags of mail for us somewhere.

It has been all very interesting, in spite of a rather wearisome journey of some days out here. I want to give you some news, but I do not know how this letter is going as we are not allowed to post in civilian post boxes and the Field Service Post has not been established yet.

I have already visited Verona, which was most interesting, and hope to see many more such places before we return to England.

It is very cold here, and the last two days have been of the typical English November weather, dull cold and foggy.

November 25, 1917.
B.E.F. ITALY.
It seems years and years since I left England, and I don’t suppose we shall get any post for a long time. I hear that there are forty mail bags for us somewhere, but they have not turned up yet. I do not know how this letter is going as the Field Service Post has not been established here for us yet, and we are not allowed to use the civilian post. Everything has to be very secret.

We had a most interesting journey, especially in the Alps. It is cold, and we have had several dull and misty days, but the others have been beautiful.

Our battery’s horses travelled exceptionally well, I am glad to say. My mare is quote alright.

I am still in command of the battery. The men have been splendid and we have had no trouble. We lost very little on the way.

MARCH.

From Isola della Scala.

Villafontana.
Oppeano
ALBAREDO d’ADIGE (The 7th Div. at Cologna.)
ARCOLE 26th November 1917 to December 2nd 1917.
The scene of the battles of 15/17th Nov. 1796 between the Austrians and the French under Bonaparte.
Visited the village of Soave in the hills, a medieval fortified town in excellent preservation.
Veronella
Cologna Veneta.

An appreciation of the situation from point of view affecting 64th Inf. Bde

Loose in p 56.

SECRET

B.M. 577

 

AN APPRECIATION OF THE SITUATION FROM POINT OF VIEW AFFECTING 64TH INF. BDE.

 

  1. The two recent successes during September drove the enemy back from elaborately prepared positions running approximately North and South through HOOGE and GLENCORSE Wood respectively. The German line now rests on the main PASCHENDAAL ridge. For the defence of their previous positions the Germans were able to assemble troops for the attack in a comparatively safe area east of the PASCHENDAAL ridge. This assembly place still exists for them (so far as this brigade is concerned it is to northwards of BECELAERE), but it is no longer a safe position.       The eastern slope of the ridge where counter-attacking troops would have to form up will be within our standing barrage when we have occupied our second objective, and will be in view of our advanced posts.

 

  1. The morale of the German troops cannot be otherwise than badly affected by their recent adverses. They have seen themselves driven back on both occasions when we attacked and they have seen their counter-attacks smashed and the limited successes which have occasionally attended these counter-attacks have been invariably nullified shortly afterwards.       Troops coming up to replace shattered divisions have heard their comrades’ stories, and recent voluntary surrenders have shown the effect of these on newly arrived regiments.

 

  1. The objective of the Brigade is the extreme left (Southend) of the high ground of the German position. From the starting off point, the ground falls till it reaches POLYGONE BEEK. The ground on either side of this is marshy and churned up by shells.       The beek is narrow but has water in it. Unless however, there is heavy rain the ground is passable at a slow rate.       The fact that Germans have been able to counter-attack across this ground proves this. On the right boundary of the **** advance, the road which crosses the beek will probably assist matters. On the east of the beek, the ground rises fairly steeply up to the top of the ridge which is reached on the first objective.

The advance to the second objective is on the top of the ridge. The chief obstacle to this advance are the village of REUTEL and the line of block-houses running northwards from east end of village.

As this is the left of the German line on the ridge top, we must expect that its defences will have been carefully and strongly prepared, and success will, to a great extent, depend upon the assaulting troops keeping right up to the tail of the barrage.

The strong points in the POEZELHOEK Valley are likely to be well equipped with machine guns, which may harass our advance from the right flank.  Special artillery arrangements have been made to deal with this matter.

 

  1. As regards counter-attacks.

The troops which capture the first objective may expect immediate counter-attacks by local reserves from REUTEL unless these have been shattered by our barrage fire. The supporting companies should be able to deal easily with such attacks if the front line has failed to do so.

The troops on the first objective must also be prepared to deal with a larger counter-attack coming from direct east. This attack should however, be completely broken up by our barrage fire.

On the second objective troops must be prepared for immediate counter-attacks on a large scale. The German main reserves are probably dug in on the slopes North of BECELAERE and in position to advance at once.  Our advanced posts should be able to give due warning of such an attack, which must be dealt with by rifles and machine guns.  The standing artillery barrage will also in this case help to break up the attack.

Later on – possibly at dawn on day after our attack – organised counter-attacks on a large scale must be expected. By this time our positions will have been further consolidated and troops re-organised and readier to beat off attacks.

 

  1. The plan for the attack is based on an attack in depth. The narrow front (250 yards) allotted to the Brigade permits of this. One battalion attacks and occupies first objective, and a second battalion assisted by one company of support battalion attacks and consolidates second objective. Two more companies of the support battalion move up to positions of readiness east of POLYGONE BEEK and the remaining company holds our original front line. The reserve battalion remains in position behind.

The battalions have been detailed for their special jobs but each battalion must be prepared to carry out any of the allotted tasks. The difficulties of communications make it more than ever essential that commanders on the spot must act on their own initiative to meet any situation which may arise.  This applies to platoon, company and battalions commanders equally.  Whenever any unit moves and acts contrary to its ordered actions, the commander must take care to pass back information of what he has done to his immediate superior and other commanders affected by the change in dispositions.

 

  1. The Brigade enters the battle at a late stage and is faced with the difficulties necessarily attendant to such conditions as regards preparation of trenches and dumps etc., and forming up for the attack. But such difficulties are far from being insuperable and in no way tend to mar success. The morale of all ranks is high. We go into the battle with the will to win. On either flank we have first class divisions. The Germans in front are fully conscious of, and affected by their constant reverses and retirements.

There is therefore, every reason for all ranks to feel confident and determined to add one more chapter to the great record of our Brigade and Division.

 

H.R. Headlam

Brigadier General

Commanding 64th Inf. Bde.

1.10.17

18 Da

APPENDIX “C”

 

APPROXIMATE allotment of ammunition for various tasks.

 

N.B. This table is worked out for one gun of a wire cutting battery.

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DAY            TASK                                              18-prs         4.5”             T.M.

Hows             2”   240 mm

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“U” day     Wire cutting 18-prs at rate                200

Of 200 rounds per gun.

&

U/V Night   Approaches & Communications

at night, about 2 Batts: per

Group, to consist of about               100              50

12 salvoes per hour.

N.B. Night from 8 PM to 5 AM.

 

18-prs preventing repair of wire.        20

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TOTAL          320           50

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Wire cutting.                                    200                                  100

 

O.Ps, Machine Gun

emplacements,                                                  100

Communication trenches.

“V” Day

&          Concentration of fire,

V/W Night   Right Group                                    10                10

 

Approaches & communications

at night.                                            100               50

 

Gas barrage if required.                      50              30

 

Preventing repair of wire

and trenches.                                      20

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TOTAL                380             190               100

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DAY           TASK                                              18-prs         4.5”                T.M.

Hows             2”   240 mm

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Wire cutting.                                   200                                  100

 

O.Ps, Machine Guns

Communication trenches.                                100                              30

“W” Day

&          Concentration of fire,

W/X Night   Left Group                                         10                10

 

Approaches & communications

at night.                                            100               50

 

Preventing repair of wire

and trenches.                                       30                10

 

Gas barrage if not fired on

Previous night.

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TOTAL                340             170               100           30

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Wire cutting.                                     200                                  40

 

O.Ps, Machine guns,

Trenches, etc.                                                    100                 40           30

“X” Day

&          Concentration of fire,

X/Y Night   one battery per Group                        10                10

 

Approaches & communications

at night.                                             100               50

 

Preventing repair of wire

and trenches.                                       30                10

 

Gas barrage if not fired on

Previous night.

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TOTAL                340             170               80           30

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DAY           TASK                                              18-prs        4.5”                T.M.

Hows            2”   240 mm

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Wire cutting.                                     200                                30

 

O.Ps, Machine Guns

trenches etc.                                                    100               30           30

“Y” Day

&          Concentration of fire,

Y/Z Night   Centre Group                                    10                10

 

Approaches & communications

at night.                                            100               50

 

Preventing repair of wire

and trenches.                                       40                20              30

 

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TOTAL                350             180               90           30

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“Z” Day       65 minute bombardment

up to             (at about 3 rounds per

assault           gun per minute (18-pr))                  200             125               30          10

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TOTAL                200             125                30           10

 

 

TOTALS per Gun previous to Assault.

 

 

18-prs         4.5”                T.M.

Hows                2”   240 mm

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“U” Day &U /V Night                                          320                 50

“V” Day & V/W Night                                         380                190            100

”W” Day & W/X Night                                        340                170            100         30

”X” Day & X/Y Night                                          340                170              80         30

”Y” Day & Y/Z Night                                          350                180              90         30

”Z” up to assault                                                  200              125              30         10

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TOTAL               1930                 885           400       100

 

Rough estimate of expenditure from 0.00 to 2.30 and remainder of “Z” day and night.

 

During assault at rate of approximately

3 rounds per gun per minute 18-pr and                 500                  250

2 rounds per gun in minute for 4.5”

How:

 

For barrages, special undertakings etc.                 500                 250

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TOTAL                                                                 1000               500

Total up to 0.00 time.                                            2000             1000             430      100

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GRAND TOTAL                                                 3000              1500            430      100

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(8) The above alterations will affect Appendix “C” slightly, Group Commanders should consequently consider these slight alterations:-

“V”. Concentration of Right Group should now be considered under “X” day expenditure, whereas the expenditure allowed for concentration on “X” day may now be cancelled.

 

An additional expenditure of 15 rounds of 18-pr and 10 rounds of 4.5” per gun should be added to “W”, “X” and “Y” days for intense bombardment in support of discharge of gas.