Clydebank Blitz Civil Defence Memorial

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Reference #252101

Address:

Bankhead School

Caldwell Avenue

Clydebank

Glasgow

Scotland

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Status: Unknown
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: “On Thursday the 13th of March 1941 at around 9.00 pm sirens sounded over Clydeside warning of the approach of more than 400 German bombers. They had taken off from bases in Norway, Northern France, Northern Germany and The Netherlands. At approximately 9.15 pm one of several bombers flying over Knightswood, a district on the west side of Glasgow, dropped a land or parachute mine. It scored a direct hit on a primary school, part of which was serving as an Auxiliary Fire Station, Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) post and Gas Decontamination Unit. 39 people were killed within the school or died later from their injuries. Almost all of them were Auxiliary Firemen, A.R.P. wardens and First Aid personnel. Many more were injured. The dead included a five year old boy. The school was Bankhead Primary situated between Caldwell Avenue and Broadlie Drive.” The above passage has been reproduced from the book “Bankhead - The Story of a Primary School at War”, by Bryan Cromwell (ISBN 10: 0954136608). The memorial is at the entrance to the school
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