Retro: Recalling how war affected the local area

Post Office ladies set out on their rounds in Worksop during World War One
Post Office ladies set out on their rounds in Worksop during World War One

The events this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in World War II and the continued marking of the centenary of the start of World War I, gives us a chance to recall how both conflicts affected the local Bassetlaw area.

When war was declared in 1914, members of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the Notts & Derby Regiment were seen throughout Worksop in their uniforms.

At the post office, bills were put up asking any members of the territorial forces to report to their headquarters.

As a result, members of the C (Worksop) Squadron of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and 6th (Worksop) Battalion of the Notts & Derby Regiment duly reported to Worksop Drill Hall ready to be deployed into battle.

As the war progressed, Worksop firm Steel & Garland, of Kilton Road, were utilised by the Government to make hand grenades for the conflictand Kilton Hill Infirmary became a military hospital.

The end of the war was greeted with flags flying from public buildings and the Worksop Guardian reported that Worksop man Sgt William Henry Johnson had been awarded the Victoria Cross.

News that war had broken out again in 1939 was greeted with a much calmer response

Local builder James Allison built an air raid shelter on the Sparken Hill estate, while 4,000 evacuated children came to Worksop and Clowne from East Anglia.

In the days after the D-Day invasions of France began in 1944, there was a special evening of prayers at Worksop Priory Church.

The end of the European war was greeted quietly in Worksop but the news Japan had surrendered, bringing the whole conflict to an end, led to a great outpouring of celebration and joy.