As promised a fortnight ago, some further pictures from the town in the time of the Second World War.

1. The Electricity Board Showrooms in West Street, not, as might at first be thought, with Christmas decorations on the window panes. At the start of the war all shops with large expanses of glass were ordered to tape them over to help protect shattering if bombs fell nearby.

2. The A.T.C. Army Training Corps on parade in the Causeway. To the rear is Atkins Bakery and Restaurant, a couple of years before the Burger family took over.

3. Geoff Smith (front) making some of the first London evacuees to Marlow feel welcome in September 1939. Former Marlow resident Pam Nottngham, now living in North London, has a startling story that young evacuees arriving by train from London were walked through the streets for families, standing at their front gates, to choose which one they wanted to take in.

4. A photo that appeared in “Picture Post” and looking to be carefully posed. Mr and Mrs Murray of Marlow (possibly, after consulting a Directory, the Murrays of Mill Road) demonstrate the joys of an Anderson Bomb Shelter.

5. Diagram of an Anderson Shelter to be erected in your garden. Another type of shelter was the Morrison, more of a bomb proof cage to be set up indoors.

6. The Bucks Special Constabulary, including several Marlow faces.

7. Another Causeway picture, this time an inspection of the Girls’ Brigade. Mrs Ritchie and Brigadier Wilkinson talk to Edna Clanchey. Note that one of the Church Hall doors is bomb-protected.

8. The Girls’ Brigade again, this time in Quoiting Square and showing the former line of cottages in front of the Congregational (now URC) Church.

9. A tiny snapshot, with more Marlow faces in this casual line-up of the Royal Artillery.

10. French refugees being entertained in Higginson Park by the local Sea & Air Scouts, Guides and Cubs. The parents of these unfortunate youngsters had been either killed or imprisoned during the hostilities. They were accommodated at Finnamore Wood Camp.

11. Bovingdon Green youngsters Mike Davis and Jim Platt in a patriotic mood, 1941. A short time later, Jim, now a Director of Platts’ Garage, was badly injured when a jettisoned bomb landed close to his grandmother’s home.

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