Second World War

1939 - 1945

By Cliff Cowin

Photo:House in Feenan Highway, Tilbury Town, hit by a high explosive bomb. Civil defence workers helped to rescue furniture and belongings.

House in Feenan Highway, Tilbury Town, hit by a high explosive bomb. Civil defence workers helped to rescue furniture and belongings.

Thurrock Museum

Photo:Bata factory, East Tilbury, home guard practice marching with wooden rifles. 2nd World War.

Bata factory, East Tilbury, home guard practice marching with wooden rifles. 2nd World War.

Thurrock Museum

Photo:REPATRIATION OF POLISH TROOPS FROM BRITAIN TO POLAND, 1945-1948 A scene at Tilbury docks: on the dockside, the Guards band entertains the thousands of Polish troops on board the SS BANFORA, moored alongside, as they wait to depart from England. Many of them would face prosecution at the hands of communist regime for serving alongside the Western Allies.

REPATRIATION OF POLISH TROOPS FROM BRITAIN TO POLAND, 1945-1948 A scene at Tilbury docks: on the dockside, the Guards band entertains the thousands of Polish troops on board the SS BANFORA, moored alongside, as they wait to depart from England. Many of them would face prosecution at the hands of communist regime for serving alongside the Western Allies.

Imperial War Museum

Photo:THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR Landing Craft (Flak) 37 tied up at Tilbury Docks. The ship provided anti aircraft support for landings

THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR Landing Craft (Flak) 37 tied up at Tilbury Docks. The ship provided anti aircraft support for landings

Imperial War Museum

Photo:POLISH TROOPS REPATRIATED FROM TILBURY: TRANSPORT OF TROOPS ABOARD THE 'BANFORA', TILBURY. 1945. Polish airmen line up with their luggage and rifles as they wait to board the SS Banfora.

POLISH TROOPS REPATRIATED FROM TILBURY: TRANSPORT OF TROOPS ABOARD THE 'BANFORA', TILBURY. 1945. Polish airmen line up with their luggage and rifles as they wait to board the SS Banfora.

Imperial War Museum

Photo:HMS BANFF. Coming alongside at Tilbury with tug BADIA

HMS BANFF. Coming alongside at Tilbury with tug BADIA

Imperial War Museum

Photo:DUTCH CHILD REFUGEES: ARRIVAL IN BRITAIN AT TILBURY. 1945. A Dutch school teacher leads a group of refugee children away from the ship upon which they have just arrived. They have berthed at Tilbury Docks and will be taken to a rest centre, before onward transport to a hostel.

DUTCH CHILD REFUGEES: ARRIVAL IN BRITAIN AT TILBURY. 1945. A Dutch school teacher leads a group of refugee children away from the ship upon which they have just arrived. They have berthed at Tilbury Docks and will be taken to a rest centre, before onward transport to a hostel.

Imperial War Museum

Photo:DUTCH CHILD REFUGEES: ARRIVAL IN BRITAIN AT TILBURY. 1945. A small Dutch boy smiles for the camera upon arrival at Tilbury. He is carrying a small paper parcel under his arm, which contains all his luggage. He, and the other children, (some of whom can be seen behind him) all have labels pinned to their coats which bear their names, home address and destination.

DUTCH CHILD REFUGEES: ARRIVAL IN BRITAIN AT TILBURY. 1945. A small Dutch boy smiles for the camera upon arrival at Tilbury. He is carrying a small paper parcel under his arm, which contains all his luggage. He, and the other children, (some of whom can be seen behind him) all have labels pinned to their coats which bear their names, home address and destination.

Imperial War Museum

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