Raid 2: 28th October 1940

Air Raid Damage, 28th October 1940(22.27 hours)

Warnings received were –

No. 260 – 20.30 hours Purple to 21.35 hours, white. (no Yellow or Red)

No. 261 – 22.07 hours Purple to 03.43 hours, white. (no Yellow or Red).

Area affected – Bootham Ward. Post B.6. Elmfield Avenue, Malton Road.

At 22.27 hours 4 H.E. Bombs fell in the Elmfield Ave, (Malton Road) area. The first bomb fell in a farm yard of “Thorn Nook” and did some small damage to a Cow Byre, a cow and two calves in the byre were unhurt.

The second bomb struck a barn and detonated on impact wrecking one end of the farm building and doing damage to other buildings round about.

The third bomb fell in the front garden on No. 11 Sefton Avenue doing superficial damage to house property to a distance of approximately 100 yards on either side.

Two men – John T. March (34 years) of 9 Sefton Ave, who was on duty as part-time warden, and Henry Coles of 22 Sefton Avenue, were killed. March received the full effects of the bomb and was killed instantly, his body was badly mutilated. Coles received a fatal wound in the region of the heart and was also instantly killed.

The fourth bomb fell at the rear of 20 Sefton Avenue, on soft ground and did very little material damage.

The conduct of Part-time warden Wm. J. Middlemiss of 30 Elmfield Avenue, in reporting this air raid damage may well be commended; also the conduct of part-time Warden Miss Joan Maw of 41 Elmfield Ave in assisting the evacuation of people in the locality, calls for special comment.

Copy. 32 Parliament Street,

YORK.

29th October, 1940.

Dear Sir,

Air Raid Damage, 28.10.40

At 22.27 hours approximately, 4 H.E. bombs of small calibre fell in the Elmfield Avenue (Malton Road) area.

The first bomb of the stick fell in a farm yard “Thorn Nook” and did some small damage to a cow byre. A cow and two calves in the byre were unhurt.

The second bomb struck a barn and detonated on impact wrecking one end of the farm building and doing damage to other buildings round about.

The third bomb fell in the front garden of No. 11 Sefton Avenue doing superficial damage to houses round about to a distance of approximately 10 yards on either side. Two men were killed by this bomb:-

  1. John Thomas March (34 years) Part-time Air Raid Warden of 9 Sefton Ave, who was on duty.

  2. Henry Coles ( years) of 22 Sefton Ave. York

March received the full effects of the bomb and was killed instantly. His body was badly mutilated. Coles received a fatal wound in the region of the heart and was also killed instantly.

The fourth bomb fell at the rear of 20 Sefton Ave, on soft ground and did very little material damage.

At 22.35 hours following message was received at Control H.Q’s from Muncaster:-

28.10.40 22.35 hours. Post B.6/210.

Elmfield Avenue, Malton Road. H.E.

Send first aid, demolition and ambulance.”

This message was acted upon and services despatched.

At 22.56 hours the following was received at Control H.A. from the Police:-

Sefton Avenue. 2 dead. Extensive damage.”

The bodies were removed to the City Mortuary, Cattle Market, and later March was identified by his father by means of the clothing.

The conduct of Part Time Warden William J. Middlemiss of 30 Elmfield Ave, in reporting this air raid damage may well be commended. Also the conduct of Part Time Warden Miss Joan E. Maw of 41 Elmfield Ave in assisting the evacuation of people in the locality calls for special comment.

Yours faithfully,

(Signed) W. Bunch.

W.H.A

Chief Warden.

The A.R.P. Officer,

Guildhall,

York.

Image from the York City Archives:

Air Raid Damage (Sefton Avenue 28.10.1940)

Air Raid Damage (Sefton Avenue 28.10.1940)

Google map of locations bombed on 28.10.1940:

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