Helping The War Effort

Enfield Local Studies volunteers have been scanning more glass negatives taken during the Second World War. Some of these we already had copies of but with a new, more advanced scanner we are able to create much better quality copies.

Prize winner Bush Hill Park Poultry Club 1943
Prize winner Bush Hill Park Poultry Club 1943

During the Second World War people were asked to raise money to help buy planes, tanks, ships and for China. There was a War Weapons Week, Wings for Victory, Salute the Soldier, Tanks Week. There were parades and services to promote these initiatives. All three areas purchased Spitfires. During Wings for Victory Week Southgate raised enough money to buy a Stirling bomber. Southgate also purchased HMS Farndale, Edmonton HMS Isis¬† and also adopted HMS Punjab. They were urged to ‘Dig for Victory’, ‘Make do and Mend’ and beat the ‘Squander Bug’. They were encouraged to cultivate allotments ¬†or turn their gardens over to growing vegetables in an effort to beat food shortages.

Warship Week with Arthur Askey
Warship Week with Arthur Askey
Handy's Allotment Stall
Handy’s Allotment Stall
Wings for Victory poster
Wings for Victory poster
Aid to China 1943
Aid to China 1943
Wings for Victory Week
Wings for Victory Week
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