New Milton Remembers 81st Anniversary

New Milton Remembers 81st Anniversary

NEW MILTON REMEMBERS 81st ANNIVERSARY

 

On Monday 23 August 2021 at 11 am, the Mayor of New Milton, Cllr Keith Craze, will join other New Miltonians in an act of Remembrance in honour of the 31 lives lost during 3 bombing raids on the town during World War II.

 

New Milton’s worst bombing event was 81 years ago on 23 August 1940, when, tragically, 25 townsfolk and visitors were killed during a German bombing raid that devastated the centre of town, creating sadness and chaos on that bright sunny summer’s day in 1940.

 

There were subsequent bombing raids on the town on 8 August 1942 and 22 January 1943, when, again tragically, another 6 people died, with Brian Eric Holloway being the youngest killed, aged just 6 years old.

 

Every one of those 31 people killed left behind loved ones, family, and friends.  Every one of those 31 people had a personal story.  Every one of those 31 people left a hole in the community.   Every one of those 31 lives mattered to the New Milton community, with the New Milton Memorial Clock on Station Road being our place of Remembrance for those cherished lives lost.

 

A plaque at ground level reads ……….

 

“Funded by the people of New Milton in memory of those killed when enemy bombs fell on the town during World War II”

 

To ensure the memory lives on, each year, on 23 August, we take a few moments of our day, to assemble as a community, to read out their names, to quietly reflect on those lives lost.

 

For further information about the Memorial Clock and the New Milton air raids

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/80/a3805580.shtml

 

http://miltonheritagesociety.co.uk/chapters/milton-in-the-wars/new-milton-on-the-23rd-of-august-1940/

 

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11 August 2021

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