During the night
of 6th November 1940, a large number of bombs were dropped from
German aircraft, one landing in Nayland Rd and the others across
the fields to the Colchester Rd and leaving four numerous large
The Nayland Rd explosion caused a hole the full width of the road
and some 9 - 12 ft deep.
The bomb made a direct hit on one of the council houses, the resulting
carnage killed four members of the Willingham family and injuring
Both Mr & Mrs
Willingham were killed together with 90 year old, Mrs Willinghams
mother and Florie Eldred.
Florie Eldred was found in the field
opposite, blown there by the blast
Other members of the family fortunately
were not at home.
Emma Kate Willingham (b 1903 dau, aged 36)
Edith Mary Willingham (b 1902 dau, aged 34)
Eva Ellen Willingham (b 1910 dau, aged 29)
Albert George Willingham (b 1912 son, aged 27)
Doris (b 1920 dau, aged 19) Doris married Charles Green in 1955
and moved to West Bergholt.