Using memories and original newspaper accounts we reveal the story of the biggest party in Horncastle’s history.
Although today you would struggle to find any trace of it, hundreds of soldiers were stationed in and around Horncastle during the war.
In September 1940 Horncastle was the first town in the county to be bombed by the Nazis.
Here we look back on aspects of life in the town during the war years. From air precautions and the blackout to the Home Guard and the threat of invasion. Plus rationing, make do an mend, evacuees and wartime entertainments.
We tend to think of the English countryside as unchanging but the Second World War had a big impact.
Here we have tried to collect information on the lives of the 41 men named on Horncastle’s memorials who died during WW2.
Memories of joining up in Horncastle in1939 and training with “B” (Horncastle) Company 4th Battalion Royal Lincolnshire Regiment
After training, the icy wastes of Norway was many Horncastle soldiers first action overseas in the war.
RAF flypast over celebrations in the Market Place, possibly War Weapons Week April 1941 Our local newspapers contain many reports … More
It appears that the first evacuees came to the town in late 1939. But when the expected bombs failed to … More