Second World War (1939-1945)

The Group was able to set up this website in 2012 thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding for a project about WWII and rural communities – click here to go to the HLF “All Our Stories” Project

The stories below follow on from this project, and were prompted by people who contacted the Group via the website.

Flying Officer McCormick

Mosquito crash at Tilty
Flying Officer McCormick was from Ripley, Ontario, and his story
was published in the Kincardine Record, a Canadian newspaper,
on 8th November 2020

The article was based on Darren Stone's report

2019 Radio Interview

& Christmas Broadcast 1940
Cecile Down, daughter of the Rev. Cuthbertson, was interviewed
for BBC Essex Radio in November 2019.

The interview also featured the 1940 Christmas Day Broadcast.

Sound recordings of both the interview and the 1940 broadcast are available.


Please get in touch if you have any additional stories about this part of Essex and the Second World War, we welcome contributions.

Last updated 10th February 2021