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Earlswood incident by flying bomb. June 19th 1944. Windsor Spice Ltd.


"On the night of Monday, June 19th, the Borough suffered its heaviest blow from the (flying bombs) when ten people and a baby were killed at Earlswood and a number of others injured. The flying bomb was heard approaching, there was an outburst of gun fire from a battery to the south east and when this had ceased, the noise of the motor had gone. There was a swishing sound as the bomb dived to earth in the garden of a house at the angle of Earlsbrook Road and St. John's Road. The terrific force of the explosion demolished houses and shattered others, burying the unfortunate residents in the debris of their ruined homes. That night the rescue services and the medical units worked with unwearing energy and billiting officers strove to lessen the cruel disaster which had befallen the district."

The Borough in War Time, By Charles W. Preston.
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Jane Andrews from Petts Wood posted this comment on Thursday 31 March 2011 21:58:00.

My childhood home was built on the bomb site - 86 Earlsbrook Road. My parents bought it new in 1958, and stayed there until about 2004. The garden was full of broken peices of crockery from the bomb damage. I was always told that a child died in the bomb damage


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Steve Kulka from Redhill posted this comment on Sunday 19 June 2011 16:44:00.

This picture was taken from the front garden of 75, Earlsbrook Road. It was owned at that time by Olive Bish, Spinster. Died 1987.

The stables at the rear was for the hackney carriage horses. The stables were then extended to provide garaging for the motor taxi cabs.

The metal fence in the foreground is still there.


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John Coomber from Huddersfield posted this comment on Wednesday 07 November 2018 14:12:46.

Together with my mother and grandmother, we lived at 76 Earlsbrook Road. The aftermath of the explosion and what happened next form my first concrete memories.



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