Bombings in the Wickford area during World War Two.
From Air Raid Damage Reports
The source of information for the attached are the Air Raid Damage Reports for the Brentwood division, compiled during World War Two.
The summary includes any entries for Wickford – Downham – Rawreth – Nevendon – Crays Hill – Ramsden – Ramsden Heath – Ramsden Bellhouse.
In total there are 228 entries, of which some 111 have both no damage and no casualties. Of the 228, 21 incidents did not involve enemy action.
In terms of time, the first incident reported is on May 25th 1940, and the last is on December 3rd 1944.
The most serious incidents were as follows:
27.10.42. Ramsden, 4 soldiers & 1 ATS private killed, and 9 soldiers injured, in an incident at the Military Workshop, due to accidental handling of McNaughton tubes.
29.1.44. Ramsden Heath, a hut demolished by high explosives, and 23 soldiers killed.
17.6.44. Wickford, 23 casualties, made up of 3 fatalities, 4 serious injuries, and 16 slight injuries; 70 people made homeless.
3.12.44. Wickford, 8 serious casualties, 16 slight injuries, 2 bungalows demolished, 6 properties damaged seriously, and 130 properties slightly damaged.
On a lighter note, in the “boys will be boys” category, two incidents stand out:
11.7.44. A 9 year old boy suffered injuries to his forehead, right arm and right leg, having found a “thunderflash” which he took home and ignited(!!)