Second World War

The Second World War caused much of Bexhill to be evacuated. Some of the schools never returned to the town.

The beach was sealed off and mines and tank-traps laid. Bexhill endured 51 air raids and 12 V1 strikes. 328 bombs and over 1000 incendiaries were dropped. Enemy action killed 21 civilians and 1 soldier; 21 buildings were destroyed; 189 buildings were seriously damaged and another 2,735 received minor damage. Spike Milligan was stationed  in Bexhill for a while and recalls his experiences in his book Adolf Hitler My Part In His Downfall. 

WW2 Introduction

An account of Bexhill during the second world war by L .J. Bartley

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Civilian War Dead

Bexhill is unusual in having a memorial to its civilians who lost their lives during the Second World War.

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War Memorials and Remembrance

An established feature of 20th century life following the First World War.

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The Home Guard

The story of Bexhill's Local Defence Volunteers

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Junkers JU88 Bomber at Buckholt Farm

How a German bomber accidently landed at Buckhold Farm on 27 July 1940

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Women’s Voluntary Services

The work of Bexhill's WVS between WW2 and todau

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War Savings Campaigns

Bexhill raised so much money for the war effort during the First World War that it was one of few towns to be given the gift of a tank. Bexhill’s record in the Second World War was just as exemplary.

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Radar and RAF Wartling

RAF Pevensey was a Chain Home Radar station, one of 190 Ministry Experimental Stations formed in 1938. Two other stations in Sussex were at Rye and Poling.

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Battle of Britain

In 1940 it seemed inevitable that German forces would turn their attention to Britain. The threat from the air may have been most pressing

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Service Units and the Canadians

Bexhill played a prominent part in the defence of this country during the the period 1939-1945. The proximity of the enemy airfields in occupied France, Holland, Belgium and Germany itself led to the issuing during the war of 1,468 air raid warning alerts in the area.

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Air Raid Precautions

Air Raid Precautions (ARP) was set up in 1937 dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air raids. Every local council was responsible for organising ARP wardens, messengers, ambulance drivers, rescue parties, and liaison with police and fire brigades.

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