Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Burgess Hill, West Sussex. 1940-1941.

Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Unidentified hall.

A carefully dated set depicting cheerful uniformed men posing with civilian women in and around the town of Burgess Hill. I had assumed these are local Home Guard but it has been suggested to me that some of the insignia visible may belong to the 38th Welsh Infantry division, which served a territorial role in southern England during WW2, or maybe the Pioneer Corps. (Above) Relaxing in the hall of 'All Saints' United Reformed church (formerly the Congregational Church), Junction Road, Burgess Hill.

St Johns Park, Burgess Hill, West Sussex. 29th May 1941.
In St John's Park, Burgess Hill. 29th May 1941

22nd December 1940.
26th January 1941

Burgess Hill, West Sussex. 29th June 1941. Unidentified building.
29th June 1941. On the steps of 'All Saints' United Reformed church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill. At that time known as the 'Congregational Church'.

Burgess Hill, West Sussex. 26th January 1941.
26th January 1941. Pioneer corps cap badges?


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