A selection of archives that highlight the devastation wreaked on Hull during the Second World War is being released. They also demonstrate the resilience of its citizens on the home front .
Hull was a city that was rarely named in the Second World War - often referred to as a 'North-east town'. Now decades later the reports, to be unveiled at the Hull History Centre, reveal details of people and places in Hull involved in aspects of the War.
Victoria Oxberry, the Second World War Project Archivist and Carol Tanner, the centre’s Collections and Access Manager, will be giving an insight in to the work that has been carried out to date on archives, which cover a range of areas from civil defence personnel cards and war damage records to gallantry awards and victory celebrations.
The records to be released include: Civil Defence records – ie. the erection of air-raid shelters in the city and records of sandbags used for bomb protection, repair of roads and utilities and administration of volunteer projects; War damage records – including information relating to the salvage of personal belongings, furniture and materials used for repair of war damaged buildings; Victory Celebrations records concerning the organisation of events and activities to celebrate the end of the Second World War.
This photograph shows bomb damage to Carden Avenue following a raid on the 24th June 1943 - raid number 81. Carden Avenue was the scene of a dramatic rescue by Thomas Richard Gale, who led a mother and her children to safety despite the dangers to himself. He was subsequently awarded the British Empire Medal.
This photograph of the victory celebration parade of May 12th, 1945 shows the different businesses involved in the war effort.
Photograph below shows members of the Civil Defence service in the victory celebration parade on 12th May 1945.