Plymouth in 1914 October November and December – the final post in the series

As 2014 ends I thought I’d better just upload the calendars from the last 3 months of the year for Doidges annual of 1914. Happy New Year 2015 !
























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ON Remembrance Day – Inverdene Civilian Air Raid Shelter

A series of correspondence from a couple of years ago. Sadly there is nothing to remind people about the tragedy that occurred in Peverell Plymouth during World War 2.

I wrote to the Herald last year suggesting they did a 70th anniversary of its destruction buy German bombing but never got anywhere after some initial interest from Chris Robinson.

Here’s what I wrote to them  ( in italics )

Dear Herald and Chris


I was reminded today by both the articles in the Herald and by seeing workmen digging the ground to lay new sewerage pipes in Central  Park  that on 23rd April 1941 an air raid shelter, Inverdene,  in Central Park was hit by a German bomb which resulted in many casualties. Ironic, St Georges day….

 I have done some research online but I cannot find much information. Sadly, what I have found refers to people living in Peverell streets such as Lydford Park road , who made their way to the shelters only to be killed by the direct hit from the German bombs whilst their own homes remained largely untouched. Look below at my information about David, Patricia and Winifred Hawkins; children were killed at this site; a family was wiped out..

 Worst of all , and unlike shelters such as Portland Square, there is absolutely no reference to this place, apart from scraps of information online it would seem.

 I am concerned on 2 counts

  1. The workmen who are currently digging and laying new pipes may be disturbing a war grave or destroying a site of historical importance.
  2. The poor Peverell residents who died at the site have no marker – surely there could be a sign somewhere nearby, telling people that a number of lives were lost nearby ?

 The shelter was just to the Central Park side of Inverdene, South of the Durban Park road junction and about midway along the row of houses there.

 I really do believe that the site SHOULD be marked in some way


Can the Herald help ? It would be amazing to have a plaque or something similar unveiled on 23rd April 2011 to comemerate those poor people. Since I found out about the site I am uneasy that they are apparently forgotten…

   Below is what I have gleaned from the Internet, the letter was taken from your site.

    Child. Maurice Arthur Creber of 42 Lydford Park Road. Son of John Creber (mother née Moyse) Born in Plymouth in the June Quarter of 1926. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 15

 Olive Eliza Pue

United Kingdom

Initials: O E, Nationality: United Kingdom, Rank: Civilian, Extra Info: Of 6 Inverdene, Peverell. Daughter Of The Late Thomas And Phyllis Parker; Wife Of Robert Pue. Died At Inverdene Shelter

  Park sadness

07:00 – 12-August-2010

 I HAVE just spent a few pleasant days with some friends in my old home town of Plymouth and visited my beloved Central Park for the first time in years. What has happened to it?

 I was born in Lydford Park Road, Peverell in 1934 and spent all my childhood roaming the park.

 This included the war years, and I am probably one of only a handful of people still alive who were rescued from the Inverdene Shelter, which was wrecked on the night of April 21, 1941.

 My maternal grandfather was one of a number killed in that disaster.

 For many years during and after the war, we enjoyed picnics in the park, and played football almost every day in the holidays, when we had to be up early to secure a goal mouth to play in.

 Later, I played cricket for a local side in the Plymouth and District League, mostly one of a number of cricket pitches in Central Park, and good times are recalled at Farm Field, Pellow’s Field — which is now under tons of construction material — and Barn Park, where we could take at least eight runs off a big hit into the pond at the bottom of the field.

 Happy days.

 The children’s playground at the Milehouse end of the park seems to have been “blown away”. This was a heavenly base for younger children, where mothers could keep an eye on us, but my old mum must have been looking the other way one day in 1938, when I fell off a nearby hedge, cut a shin quite badly, and was rushed to the local doctor’s surgery at Wolseley Road to be stitched up. I still have the scars.

 Alas, only memories now remain of those wonderful times we all had in Central Park in those far off days during wartime, and when the peace was young.

 I always understood that the park had been given to all the citizens of Plymouth for their long-term enjoyment, so what right has the Plymouth City Council got to destroy it?

I went to Hyde Park Junior Mixed School 1939-45, Sutton High School for Boys 1945-52.






Child. David Charles Hawking of 4 Lydford Park Road, Peverell. Son of Albert Edwin George Hawking and Winifred May Hawking (née Patterson). Born in Plymouth  in the June Quarter of 1930. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 10.


Child. Patricia Margaret Hawking of 4 Lydford Road, Peverell Daughter of Albert Edwin George Hawking and Winifred May Hawking (née Patterson). Born in Derby in the June Quarter of 1926. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 15.


Civilian. Winifred May Hawking (née Patterson) of 4 Lydford Road, Peverell. Wife of Albert Edwin George Hawking; mother of David and Patricia (see above). Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 41.


Child. Dennis S. L. Martin of Mourne, Inverdene. Son of  Leonard G and Edith E. Martin (née Martin). Born in Plymouth in  the December Quarter of 1928. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 13.


Civilian. Olive Elizabeth Pue (née Parker) of 6 Inverdene, Peverell. Daughter of the late Thomas and Phyllis Parker; wife of Robert Pue. Born in East Stonehouse in the December Quarter of 1892. Died 21 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 49



Civilian of the ARP Rescue Service. Percy Morcom Hobba of 33 Portland Square. Son of Joseph and Clara Hobba; husband of Vera Elizabeth Hobba. Born in Liskeard in the March Quarter of 1905. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 35.


Civilian. Charles Alfred Collins of 28 Lydford Park Road, Peverell. Widower of Augusta Collins (née Brenman). Born in Plymouth in the December Quarter of 1868. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter, Peverell, aged 72


Civilian. John William Cuthbert of 23 Clifton Street. Son of William and Alice Cuthbert; husband of Emily Mary Cuthbert (née Henwood). Born in Plymouth in the March Quarter of 1888. Died 23 April 1941 at Inverdene Air Raid Shelter aged 53.



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Plymouth in 1914- September

Slightly late this month but we have the usual monthly calendar, pictures of Mt Edgcumbe and Saltram and a directory of all of the advertisers in Doidges 1914.



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Plymouth in 1914 – August

What a fateful month – not thought about when Doidges published their yearbook.

This month the calendar, a picture of the St Budeaux rifle club and the start of a terrifying tale set in and around Plymouth Sound!


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Plymouth in 1914 – July

Along with the calendar for July we have a double page picture of Lord and Lady Hardinge which Doidges featured and some information about the Eddystone lighthouse.. and jokes !



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Plymouth in 1914 – June

“A dripping June brings all things in tune ….”



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Plymouth in 1914 – May

Plymouth in 1914. The usual calendar page and a couple of general information pages  including a picture of the Merchants House in St Andrews Street.



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Plymouth in 1914 – April

Welcome to Plymouth in 1914 and the monthly page for April from Doidges.

I scanned a page about the chemists and druggists available for you to visit at the time.

The photo is of an area just next to Plymouth Pier. Enjoy!






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A contract between the Conservative Party and dave garland

Bit of a different political blog rather than the usual !

For some reason David Cameron sent me an email, just before the last election. In it he made various promises about the things that he would, and would not do if he were elected. He invited me and all the other recipients to use it to hold him to account.

Here’s the text, the images that were with the email cannot be found any more, they just produce 404 not found errors when they are clicked…..

Just how many of these promises have been kept and how many have been broken ?

Dear dave,

At the start of this election campaign I invited you to join the government of Britain. My message was that we’re all in this together, and we’ve got to stop pretending that government is the answer to every problem.

So during this campaign I’ve been talking about the new, active part I hope people will play in making the country better and building the Big Society.

Now, as we get into the final week of the campaign, I want to set out our side of the bargain in a contract with you. This contract – as you can see below – is a no-frills, no-nonsense commitment to do some very specific things if you vote for us.

With trust in politics at an all time low and people tired of politicians breaking their promises, this contract couldn’t be clearer. If we don’t do the things it sets out, if we don’t deliver our side of the bargain: vote us out in five years time.


P.S. This is a contract between the Conservative Party and every person in the country – please do make sure your family and friends see it by sharing this email with them.




A contract between the Conservative Party
and dave garland

We go into the general election on 6 May with trust in politics and politicians at an all-time low. And I can understand why: the years of broken promises, the expenses scandal, the feeling that politicians have become too remote from the people – they’ve all taken their toll. That’s why I’m making this contract with you.

For too long, you’ve been lied to by politicians saying they can sort out all your problems. But it doesn’t work like that. Real change is not just about what the government does. Real change only comes when we understand that we are all in this together; that we all have a responsibility to help make our country better.

This contract sets out my side of the bargain: the things I want to do to change Britain. But it also makes clear that I cannot do it on my own. We will only get our economy moving, mend our broken society and reform our rotten political system if we all get involved, take responsibility, and work together.

So this is our contract with you. I want you to read it and – if we win the election – use it to hold us to account. If we don’t deliver our side of the bargain, vote us out in five years’ time.

We will change politics

Our political system needs to change. Politicians must be made more accountable, and we must take power away from Westminster and put it in the hands of people – individuals, families and neighbourhoods.

If you elect a Conservative government on 6 May, we will:

1. Give you the right to sack your MP, so you don’t have to wait for an election to get rid of politicians who are guilty of misconduct.

2. Cut the number of MPs by ten per cent, and cut the subsidies and perks for politicians.

3. Cut ministers’ pay by five per cent and freeze it for five years.

4. Give local communities the power to take charge of the local planning system and vote on excessive council tax rises.

5. Make government transparent, publishing every item of government spending over £25,000, all government contracts, and all local council spending over £500.

We will change the economy

Gordon Brown’s economic incompetence has doubled the national debt, given us record youth unemployment, and widened the gap between rich and poor. Unemployment is still rising, and this year we will spend more on debt interest than on schools. We need to get our economy moving.

If you elect a Conservative government on 6 May, we will:

1. Cut wasteful government spending so we can stop Labour’s jobs tax, which would kill the recovery.

2. Act now on the national debt, so we can keep mortgage rates lower for longer.

3. Reduce emissions and build a greener economy, with thousands of new jobs in green industries and advanced manufacturing.

4. Get Britain working by giving unemployed people support to get work, creating 400,000 new apprenticeships and training places over two years, and cutting benefits for those who refuse work.

5. Control immigration, reducing it to the levels of the 1990s – meaning tens of thousands a year, instead of the hundreds of thousands a year under Labour.

We will change society

We face big social problems in this country: family breakdown, educational failure, crime and deep poverty. Labour’s big government has failed; we will help build a Big Society where everyone plays their part in mending our broken society.

If you elect a Conservative government on 6 May, we will:

1. Increase spending on health every year, while cutting waste in the NHS, so that more goes to nurses and doctors on the frontline, and make sure you get access to the cancer drugs you need.

2. Support families, by giving married couples and civil partners a tax break, giving more people the right to request flexible working and helping young families with extra Sure Start health visitors.

3. Raise standards in schools, by giving teachers the power to restore discipline and by giving parents, charities and voluntary groups the power to start new smaller schools.

4. Increase the basic state pension, by relinking it to earnings, and protect the winter fuel allowance, free TV licences, free bus travel and other key benefits for older people.

5. Fight back against crime, cut paperwork to get police officers on the street, and make sure criminals serve the sentence given to them in court.

6. Create National Citizen Service for every 16 year old, to help bring the country together.

Some of these issues are devolved matters. For more information see the Conservative Party websites for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.




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Plymouth in 1914 – March

Welcome to Plymouth in 1914 and the monthly page for March from Doidges.

Some handy information about motor vehicle registrations and a picture of the new Tinside bathing houses too!




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