Shoreham at War


Our book 'Shoreham at War', based on our Village at War project, was published in April 2006. It is a hardback book with 216 pages and 50 illustrations. Copies are available free to all households in Shoreham as well as to all members of the Historical Society and all those who participated in our research. Copies may also be purchased from the Society for £9.99 (+£2.50 post and packaging) or from Shoreham Village Stores, The Hop Shop, Sevenoaks Bookshop and several other outlets. You can also order it from your local bookshop quoting the ISBN, 0-9539543-2-3.

The project was inspired by the BBC broadcast from Shoreham in April 1944, which described it as 'the most bombed village in Britain' (and of course there was still more to come!)

In 2003 Shoreham Historical Society decided to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2 by producing a book based on interviews with as many wartime residents of the village we could trace.
Many still lived in the village, but others had moved away and the war had brought many people to Shoreham for a stage in their lives - evacuee children from inner London, servicemen and women in the military camps, searchlight and barrage balloon sites, Land Girls on the farms, displaced persons and German and Italian POWs.
We placed an advertisement in Saga Magazine which had a surprising response from all over the UK.

Any research and publication needs money, so we applied to several funds.
The Kent Archaeological Society and the Kent History Fund helped us with small grants which funded the initial stage of the work and the purchase of our first mini-disc recorder.
Our main support came from the Local Heritage Initiative, which is administered by the Countryside Agency and financed from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nationwide Building Society.
This enabled us to extend our project to include an exhibition which we held on VE Day 2005, set up a website and make a CD of our recordings.

Eventually we interviewed about 30 people, including three 1939 evacuees, and held a reunion of the 'Class of '36', the children who had enrolled at Shoreham School in September 1936. Our very successful exhibition was displayed on locations in West Kent. After our book was published in 2006 the project concluded with the handover of our recordings to the Imperial War Museum for conservation in their Sound Archives for future generations.



Shoreham Memorial

Memorial at the river Darent


Publication Team

The editorial team at the book launch

April 2006.

Shoreham at War Book


Although we have now published our book, we are still anxoius to update our research and in particular to have as complete and accurate a record as possible of the men and women from Shoreham who served in the armes forces during the war.'

The following list represents the results of our researches so far.

It is derived mainly from Stanley Brown's record of those who had been members of the Shoreham Scout Group and from other information kindly provided by Dudley Offen.

Would anyone who is aware of any omissions or inaccuracies please contact Sheila Wilson on 01959 524451


ALLEN William Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Italy
ASHBY James REME 8th Army N Africa and Italy
ATKINSON Sadie Auxiliary Territorial Service
BAKER Joseph Army
BARNS Elsie Women's Auxiliary Air Force
BEESLIE Reginald Army
BELL John Royal Air Force India Burma and Greece
BOOKER Alec Royal Army Service Corps
BOOKER Kenneth Royal Engineers France 1940 & 1944/45
BOWEN Edwin 77 Squadron Royal Air Force
BOWEN Peter Army
BOWLES Herbert Royal Air Force West Africa
BRADLEY Ray Unknown
BRASHER L W Royal Air Force
BROOKER Norman Royal Artillery Africa and Italy
BROWN Ben Royal Navy
BROWN Jane Auxiliary Territorial Service
CATON Ernest Royal Army Ordnance Corps
CHEESEMAN Eric Donald Royal Navy
CHEESEMAN James J P Royal Engineers Africa and Italy
COHEN Stephen Royal West Kent Regiment attached to Mazhbi & Ramdasia Sikh Regiment
CORNWELL E L Royal Air Force India and Burma
CORNWELL H R Royal Horse Artillery Africa and Italy
CORNWELL Ivan Pioneer Corps and Army Catering Corps France
DINNIS Jack Royal Air Force
DOLLEY Lawrence Seaforth Highlanders Madagascar & Italy
DOWDY Donald Royal Air Force Africa
DOWDY J R Royal Army Service Corps France
DREW Joseph Royal Corps of Signals France 1944/45
DREW Thomas 101 Squadron Royal Air Force
ECCLESTON Jean Auxiliary Territorial Service
EDWARDS Albert Army
EMERY Vera Women's Auxiliary Air Force
FEARN E W K 3rd King's Own Hussars Africa & Italy
FOSTER J R Royal Air Force Africa
FRANKLIN H V Royal Field Artillery Africa
FRANKLIN-WHITE Audrey Auxiliary Territorial Service
GALLOP W D Royal Air Force
GEARING Wilfred Unknown
GILLHAM A W Royal Air- Force Nova Scotia & France
GLIDDON Mary Women's Auxiliary Air Force
GREENWOOD Dudley 543 Squadron Royal Air Force
HATCHER Marker Royal Artillery
HUDDLE Douglas Royal West Kent Regiment France 1940 and 1944/45
JACKLIN Arthur Royal Air Force
JILLIANS Leonard 97 (The Kent Yeomanry) Royal Field Artillery North Africa
KENT Edward Royal West Kent Regiment & Corps of Military Police Belgium & Germany 45
KENT Sidney Army
LANE John Army
LANE Ron Royal Air Force
LEVETT Arthur Royal Artillery
LLOYD Kenneth Coldstream Guards North Africa
LLOYD V J Royal Corps of Signals France 1944/45
MACLENING Owen Royal Artillery
MACLENING Stuart Royal Navy Russian Convoy & Far East
MANVILLE George Royal Engineers Africa Palestine and France 1942/1945
MANVILLE Sadie Auxiliary Territorial Service
MARRIOTT Julie Women's Auxiliary Air Force
MARTIN Alec Grenadier Guards Guards Armoured Division France 1944/45
MARTIN Gwenda Auxiliary Territorial Service
MARTIN Vera Auxiliary Territorial Service
MILLER Margaret Women's Auxiliary Air Force
MOLLISON Kathleen Women's Auxiliary Air Force
MORSE James Royal Air Force
MOUNGER Sidney Royal West Kent Regiment Italy
OFFEN Dudley Rifle Brigade Royal Northumberland Fusiliers & Durham Light Infantry Egypt France Belgium & Holland
OPEN John Royal Marines
OPEN Kenneth Royal West Kent Regiment & Corps of Military Police France 1940 North Africa Burma
PEARCE Leonard Royal Engineers North Africa
PULSFORD Anthony Royal Marines Germany
RANDALL F A Royal Navy Eastern Mediterranean
RANDEL Joan Women's Auxiliary Air Force
RAINES Ernest Royal Navy Submarine Service
RITCHIE Kenneth Royal Air Force
SAKER H E Royal Navy North Atlantic Convoys South and East Africa
SANTER Robin Royal Air Force India and Burma
SAWL Bill Army
SEARLE Peter Irish Guards Palestine
SIMPSON Harry Westminster Dragoons & Royal Tank Regiment France 1944/45
SMITH J D Royal Artillery Egypt
STEVENS Herbert Lancashire Fusiliers
STEVENS P H Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
SYMONDS Ernie Unknown
WALKEY Horace Royal Corps of Signals France 1944/45
WALKEY John Fleet Air Arm Malta
WALKEY T C Royal Navy Minesweepers
WALKLING Richard Royal Artillery
WARNER W E Hampshire Regiment and Royal Army Service Corps
WOOD Graham Royal Navy Mediterranean
WOOD Thelma Women's Royal Navy Service
WRIGHT John Royal Engineers France 1944/45 Palestine
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