World War II

 

 

    We have information about all those from Stoke who served in the armed forces. It is hoped that more of the details will appear here at some stage. In the meantime these are photos of four of those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

The Armed Services

Evacuees

     Two 'official groups of evacuees arrived in Stoke. One from Ilford, Essex, (some of whom went to Burrowbridge school) who were absorbed into the mainstream schooling; and one from Barlby Road school, located just off Ladbroke Grove, West London, who had separate schooling in the village hall Although this caused friction between the various teachers, the village welcomed the children with open arms, and those that recorded their experiences all had fond memories of their time in Stoke.

     A third group was labelled 'unofficial' and private arrangements were made with relatives and other contacts. Some of these came with their parents. Many of this group stayed on after the war and their families are still in the village.

To read about the Barlby Road School evacuees click HERE

The Home Front

VJ Day Celebration Outside the Royal Oak

Locally made hampers for the war effort

To read more about Stoke's Home Guard click HERE

To read more about Stoke's Home Front click HERE