WW2 Exhibition Boards

The interpretation boards displayed at the Middlewich WW2 Festival were based on the work of our local historian Allan Earl and the memories of 57 people interviewed by Sylvia Walton and Heritage Officer Kerry Fletcher, with the help of volunteers.

The shared information and collection of material has made great advances in understanding the role of Middlewich and its people in WW2.

(See Allan Earl’s ‘Middlewich at War’ booklet in the further reading and book shop sections).

The Byley Aerodrome board was completed with the help of Allan Earl, Gerald Coates of ‘Firmin Coates’, English Monument record and Mrs Wheatley.

Brief details are given in the articles below, click on the links in each article to view the full panels.

Byley Aerodrome Photographs

Photographs include:

  • Aerial photograph of Byley Airfield 1945.
  • The Vickers Armstrong hangers and work areas, as seen today.
  • A map of the Byley airfield in 1945.

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The Middlewich Times

A fascinating newspaper style 13 page account of Middlewich and it residents during World War 2, complete with authentic adverts from the period. 

Each page carries it's own theme, examples include ,Saving & Fundraisers, The story of HMS Jasper (the ship that Middlewich built) and Middlewich Home Guard Established.

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Middlewich Urban District Council

Noticeboard (1)

  • Air Raid Precautions
  • Local photographs
  • How A British Soldier of 1939 Goes to War
  • Hawker Hurricane cutaway drawing
  • Rationing
  • Cigarette Cards
  • King's letter to schoolchildren
  • Middlewich Urban District Council Peace Celebrations letter

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Middlewich Urban District Council

Noticeboard (2)

  • Aircraft carrier
  • Enemy Uniforms at a Glance
  • A ladies march
  • Anti-tank emplacements
  • Gas mask instructions
  • Home Security Circular - Extra Smoke
  • The Anotomy of a Barrage Balloon

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Middlewich Urban District Council

Noticeboard (3)

  • Thanks Giving For Victory Order of Service
  • Descriptions of Flying Bombs
  • What to do if the invader comes
  • Photographs of staff at Vickers Armstrong and local scenes
  • Service cards & recruiting adverts

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Special Report

Trials and Triumphs of Fighting in World War Two

  • William Moss - HMS Prince of Wales
  • Harry Gallimore - HMS Victorious
  • Robert Dickenson - Ayrshire Yeomanry
  • Jack Farrington - Royal Army Service Corps

This news sheet style panel tells of the experiences of these men in their own words, for example:

"I was in the damage control party; we were sent anywhere to see what had gone wrong. We got hit with torpedoes. When you got hit with a torpedo, it shook the boat, we got bombed as well. This chief mechanic in charge of us said would we have a look at top and see what was going on because all the communication had got knocked out."

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