Category Archives: East End at war

Bethnal Green Tube Station disaster

In early March 1943 the worst days of the Blitz were two years past. The horror of V1s and V2s yet to come. Yet in this relative calm on the home front, 173 East Enders would lose their lives during … Continue reading

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Geoff Barkway

Geoff Barkway by John Rennie Geoffrey Barkway, who died on 8 June at the age of 84, was another of those ordinary men who did extraordinary things during World War II. An east London boy with a passion for locomotives, … Continue reading

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Eyewitnesses of the Blitz

Eyewitnesses of the Blitz A generation or two back, the Second World War was something everyone lived with, and had lived through. Now with it nearly 60 years distant, more and more of our information is confined to the history … Continue reading

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Bill Sparks, Cockleshell Hero

Guns of Navarone, Heroes of Telemark, Cockleshell Heroes. For any British child growing up in the 1950s or after, the movies and TV were an endless diet of derring-do. Many of us grew up believing that the Allies had won … Continue reading

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St Matthew’s Church and the Blitz

It was 7 September 1940, and St Matthew’s Bethnal Green had seen a lot over its 200 years. After an almighty struggle to raise funds to build the church in the first place, it had required an Act of Parliament … Continue reading

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