(click on the tabs above for an introduction to each section, pass the cursor over for a drop-down menu) 

 

 November 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the landmine explosion at Abbey End. By then the Abbey End Civilian Memorial will have upon it the names of those who died. The order for the plates has been placed by Kenilworth Town Council.

 

 Added on 1st January 2017 is the result of perhaps my most important research, identifying the remains of the 'Unknown Souls'. This also throws new light on the events of 21st November 1940. Please click on the tab above for full details.

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The 76th anniversary of the landmine falling was commemorated at the Abbey End Memorial on Monday 21st November 2016 at 11.00 a.m.  Flowers were placed by the relatives of Bertie Lamb, the Mayor Richard Davies, and the Kenilworth Women's Institute.

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The following day Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 11.00 a.m. the new stone marking the grave of the 'unknown souls' at Kenilworth cemetery was blessed by Rev Stella Bailey. The Mayor was in attendance placed the floral tribute

 

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As each year passes, the numbers of those that can recall the Second World War diminish. The responsibility to ensure the memories live on of those who lost their lives, played their part in securing our future, or simply having to cope with wartime conditions, falls to the next generation; this includes the author.

It is important too that all remaining artefacts are properly recorded, and where possible preserved, to help explain to future generations exactly what the wartime years in Kenilworth were really like.

 I have for a long time believed that the names of civilians who died in Kenilworth, most notably in the land mine explosion at Abbey End, should be displayed on a public memorial in the same way as the servicemen. Such a plaque exists but is locked away from public view; a plaque should be placed on the memorial at Abbey End as the Kenilworth Urban District Council intended in 1950.

The purpose of this website is to provide a comprehensive picture of Kenilworth and the second world war. It is far from complete and many additions are planned.

I shall focus on Kenilworth itself so shall not be including the stories of Kenilworth servicemen and their exploits, but it would be wrong not include a mention of those who did not return. For this I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Kenilworth War Memorial website:

www.kenilworth-war-memorial.org.uk

It perhaps does not need saying that contributions to this website are invited and will be gratefully received. Credit, of course, will be given or omitted as desired by the contributor. Please contact me via this link:

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It is recommended that the main article “The War Comes to Kenilworth” is read first, as this provides the background to most of the other pages.

Please also note that clicking on the tabs at the top of the page produces a brief summary and introduction to the subject as well as the drop-down menus.

My book 'Kenilworth People & Places, Volume 1', includes the full history of 'The Globe Hotel', and the clocktower (including its post-war renovation). Full details can be found on my other website (see below)

For details of all my books about Kenilworth, and for articles on various aspects of its history, please visit my other website

www.victoriankenilworth.co.uk

Recently updated pages on this site:

30th April 2020

Air raid shelter photographs, St Nicholas School and Hyde Road

1st January 2017

New Tab Completed; Unknown Souls Identified?

16th December 2016

Start of new tab; Unknown Souls Identified?

7th December 2016

Damage Further Afield (new war-time photograph and information)

6th December 2016

New tab: Survivors stories, and three articles

The Hyde Road Incident, (additional photograph)

2nd December 2016

Air raid shelters, (a complete list of shelters dated 1941, and additional information)

28th November 2016

Home page (76th Anniversary)

Two Unknown Souls (New gravestone)

February 2016:

The 28 Who Died (additional photograph)

November 2015:

Home page (additional photographs)

Abbey End 1910 (additional photograph and information)

Abbey End 1939 (additional photograph and information)

The 28 Who Died (additional photographs)

The Hyde Road incident (additional photograph and details)

The Two Unknown Souls (additional photographs and information)

The Cemetery Chapel (new page, under 'Sites of Interest')

75th Anniversary (new page, under 'In Memory of the 28') 

The Lone Raider (new page, under 'Other Attacks')

Air raid shelters (re-arranged)