World War II anniversary

Looking back 80 years - Horsham 1939 on the eve of war

Eighty years ago the country was plunged into the Second World War, with the County Times covering all the local news at the time.

Later in the year, nearer the actual date, we will mark the occasion with a special feature in the paper. However, as part of the County Times’ own 150th anniversary, here are some memories of 1939 as the Horsham district, along with the rest of the country prepared for war. Evacuees, air raid shelters, and gas masks were the order of the day but the year also saw some major local landmarks appear.

An exercise was carried out in MacLeod Road, Horsham, on how to deal with a fire if a bomb hit ithe gas main
An exercise was carried out in MacLeod Road, Horsham, on how to deal with a fire if a bomb hit ithe gas main
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Another exercise, this time in Horsham Park, on dealing with an incendiary bomb
Another exercise, this time in Horsham Park, on dealing with an incendiary bomb
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Special trailers bought for emergency ambulances
Special trailers bought for emergency ambulances
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The memory of the First World War was still very much in people's minds
The memory of the First World War was still very much in people's minds
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