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Pontefract Years in Focus 1939

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL EVENTS OF THE 1930s

PONTEFRACT IN 1939

8th September 1939 - REPETITION SCARCELY CREDIBLE 
The repetition of history in the outbreak of war between Germany and England twice in 25 years is scarcely credible. For a week however, we have lived with the incredible, and prepared as well as we humanly may for what it may bring. Once more we must live in mental suspense and material gloom. [ ] more..

September 1939 - DRAMATIC STORY ON HIS RETURN 
Among the survivors of the aircraft carrier ‘Courageous’, which was torpedoed by a German submarine on Sunday, with the loss of 578 lives out of a compliment of some 1,260 men, is Stoker David Smith, aged 22, the youngest of the 12 children of Mr. and Mrs J.C. Smith, of Monkhill Avenue, Pontefract. [ ] more..

29th December 1939 - A WAR CHRISTMAS 
In spite of the blackout and travelling restrictions, the first war-time Christmas for 21 years was celebrated almost normally in Pontefract and the district. Markets and shops were busy, and the number of people travelling seemed even larger than usual. [ ] more..

29th December 1939 - CHANGES TO PONTEFRACT NEARLY FORGOTTEN 
Any review of the year 1939 must necessarily begin with the outbreak of war at the beginning of September, but the calamity itself, and its repercussions on life in the Pontefract district, are so recent as not to need recalling. [ ] more..


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.


 

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