Peak Forest Canal

Air Raid Precautions in World War II
for Marple Locks

These two letters about Air Raid Precautions were written by Mr L Machin at the Marple Section Office on Thursday, 20 March and Saturday, 29 March 1941.

To put these Air Raid Precaution duties into context, the following is a brief account of the air raid that occurred on the Tuesday, 11 March 1941. There was a three-hour raid on Manchester in which bombs were dropped on several districts, with Stretford (Trafford Wharf, Cornbrook Sidings and Pomona Docks) being the most heavily attacked. Bombs were also dropped on Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Salford, Eccles, Gorse Hill, Swinton and Firswood. The football ground of Manchester United in Trafford Park was also severely damaged.