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1945 Aerial Photos of open spaces under cultivation

In 1948 the Borough Engineer reported the size and location of recreation grounds and open spaces that were allotments for the Dig For Victory campaign in World War 2.

These aerial photos are from 1945.

Figges Marsh

Figges Marsh

The Canons and Lower Green East

The Canons and Lower Green East

Cranmer Green

Cranmer Green

Deer Park Gardens

Deer Park Gardens

Mount Road

Mount Road

Lewis Road

Lewis Road

Pollards Hill

Pollards Hill

Firemen killed in 1941 at Surrey Theatre Blackfriars Road

A plaque near Blackfriars Bridge reads

In memory of 11 London Auxiliary Firemen, a Sub officer of the London Fire Brigade and five Mitcham Auxiliary Firemen, killed by enemy action while relaying water from the basement of the demolished Surrey Theatre, which stood on this site and was then used as an emergency water supply, to fires at the Elephant and Castle on the night of 10th/11th of May 1941

The five firemen from Mitcham are listed below. The links are to Commonwealth War Grave Commission web page entries.

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Name Rank Age Address
Cecil Arthur ELLIMAN Fireman 32 75 Longthornton Road, Mitcham
Harold Charles PARKES Fireman 40 15 Homefield Gardens, Mitcham
Edward George PEPPER Fireman 32 1 Aberdeen Terrace, Merton
Ernest Francis ROBINSON Fireman 35 49 Courtney Road, Collier’s Wood
Albert Henry SPILLER Leading Fireman 34 24 Heyford Road, Mitcham

Source of age and address is the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website.


Probate for Edward George Pepper

PEPPER Edward George of 1 Aberdeen-terrace Merton London SW19 who is believed to have been killed through war operations on 12 May 1941 and whose dead body was found on 12 May 1941 at Surrey Theatre Blackfriars-road Surrey

Adminis-tration Llandudno 4 July to Kathleen Isabel Pepper widow. Effects £329 14s. 10d.


Sharman, Richard John

From CWGC

Rank: Volunteer
Date of Death: 16/04/1941
Age: 17
Regiment/Service: Home Guard 57th Surrey (Mitcham) Bn.
Grave Reference: Plot 7. Grave 1.
Cemetery: MITCHAM (CHURCH ROAD) BURIAL GROUND
Additional Information: Son of Mrs. D. E. Sharman, of Mitcham.

See photo of the unveiling of the memorial to the Home Guard who died when their HQ was bombed in 1941.

Sharman grave