Category: World War 2

January 1, 1970

Evacuee – submitted by Colin Stewart

Hello to all. Can anyone help. I was evacuated to Crowle in the 1940's but have no details. From what I remember it was a House with Orchard on a corner plot. I have some very happy memories of it My Name (surname was Bugg) Now Stewart – Colin Harold Stewart(Full Christian names. Mother was Gertrude and Father was Harold. I must have been from […]

January 1, 1970

Memories of an air gunner

Based at Sandtoft airfield this gunner remembers cycling into Crowle and Belton. In Crowle he was befriended by Pidds the Butchers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/91/a4104091.shtml

January 1, 1970

Crowle at War: Part 9. Preserving, Newspapers, – submitted by Bill Goldthorp

Preserving. One could use the sugar ration and occasionally get extra sugar for preserving. My father’s orchard contained a Conference pear and another type of pear tree, Victoria and Damson plums. Green gage plums could be bought from the Ramsdens who owned the Tetley Hall Estate. Every autumn my parents put up about a hundred bottles of fruit in the old Kilner Jars. Damsons were […]

January 1, 1970

Crowle at War: Part 6. War Weapons Week, Rationing – submitted by Bill Goldthorp

War Weapons Week. The whole of Crowle, Catholics and Protestants, Women’s Institute, Men’s Clubs, Pubs, Political parties, Sports’ clubs all joined together in a special week dedicated to raising money for the war. The Crowle Show and Gymkhana occurred that week together with children’s sports day with fancy dress competitions etc, etc. All sorts of money raising activities were organised which not only raised cash […]

January 1, 1970

Crowle at War: Part 5. Entertainment, Fairs – submitted by Bill Goldthorp

Later in the war as Sandtoft became a training and then an active bomber aerodrome. Bomber crashes would occur in the surrounding area. The local lads were usually the first to reach a crash site if it was any where near Crowle. They were always efficient souvenir hunters. The day after the crash, the police sergeant, both constables and several specials arrived at the school. […]