So what was happening in town during WW2?  What decisions were being made to retain some normality to daily life?  What were the newspapers reporting?  What efforts were being made by residents to raise funds for the war effort?  Much of this information has come from newspaper of the time – Thetford & Brandon Times & Bury Free Press.

Brandon – The Times

1939 Directory – Parish Council, School Council, Fire Brigade, bus services.

1939 – 1945 – The declaration of war, ‘Call to Arms’ for Suffolk lads to join their county regiment, evacuees arriving in town, suspension of competitive football matches, black out, enemy attacks in town, rationing, reports of men as POWs,  and of course the announcement that war had ended.

1940, ‘Buy a bomber’ – Each war year, from 1940, there were localised drive to get residents to save money for the war effort, usually by buying war bonds.  For Brandon in 1940, it was all about saving money to buy a bomber.

1941, ‘War Weapons Week’ – Each war year, from 1940, there were localised drive to get residents to save money for the war effort, usually by buying war bonds.  For Brandon in 1941, it was all about saving money to buy three Spitfire fighter aircraft.

1942, ‘Warship Week’– Each war year, from 1940, there were localised drive to get residents to save money for the war effort, usually by buying war bonds.  For Brandon in 1942, it was all about saving money to buy a warship – a minesweeper.

1943, ‘Wings for Victory’ – Each war year, from 1940, there were localised drive to get residents to save money for the war effort, usually by buying war bonds.  For Brandon in 1943, it was all about saving money to buy aircraft for the R.A.F.

1944, ‘Salute the Soldier‘ – Each war year, from 1940, there were localised drive to get residents to save money for the war effort, usually by buying war bonds.  For Brandon in 1944, it was all about saving money to equip the army with the most modern weapons.

1945, ‘Thanksgiving Week’ – Each war year, from 1940, there were localised drive to get residents to save money for the war effort, usually by buying war bonds.  For Brandon in 1945, it was all about saving money to ‘bring our lads home’ and rebuild the nation.