Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Silloth War Graves (website)

1. Silloth (Causeway Head) Cemetery, Cumbria
It has a Commonwealth War Graves 'Cross of Sacrifice'

[One of the former airfield hangars can also be seen
2. Headstones of some of the WW2 airmen in the cemetery
The CWGC maintains 63 WW2 graves in the cemetery:
This includes 2 unidentified airmen, 3 Poles and 1 Czech 

In July 2009 a new website honouring the WW2 casualties interred at the cemetery at Causewayhead, Silloth, Cumbria has been created by local historian and WW2 researcher, Mr Jeff Wilson.

Click on the link below to access the website:

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Building up the Home industries in WW2

A 'Megger Tester' made in September 1939
Manufactured by Evershed & Vignoles Ltd, Chiswick, London)
(Photograph: J. Ritson)

Recently, some work colleagues came across some obsolete documents and equipment from the war years hidden away in an old workshop and having gathered dust and grime for many years. Materially, these things may not have much value and may not, at first glance, even be that historically important. However, they do provide an insight that the home industries in Britain continued to be built up even during the war years.

These items were found in West Cumbria, an area to where a lot of important British industries, such as munitions or uniform manufacture, were relocated from the Home Counties. New factories and homes for many of the relocated workers required new electricity connections, and it is evidence how the electricity network continued to be built up that has come to light with this find, including the ‘Megger Tester’ seen in the photograph above.

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