World War II
Weston Turville saw much activity in World War II, partly due to it's proximity to RAF Halton and also as a destination for evacuees. We know some evacuees already had relatives in Weston Turville, such as Mike Ridley who came to stay with his Grandparents.
During WW2, Weston Turville was rocked by bombs and incendiaries that landed around the village and also by landmines landing in Aylesbury. Luckily, there were no casualties caused by these raids.
There was a very active Air Raid Precautions (ARP) team in the Village initially led by John Lawton who was also the Billeting Officer and Village School Master. ARP was initially Head-quartered in The School House until Sept 1940, then Pond Farm. They also met up at “Pathacres”
A Bedford National Fire Service Engine (N.F.S.) and auxiliary pump were stationed at Pathacre.
Additionally, at least 8 residents lost their lives, while serving King and country. More details on each of these soldiers available at Bucks Remembers
07 Mar 1943 a Typhoon 1b, serial DN271 of 183 Sqdn flown by a Polish Pilot, Sgt Theodore Narishkin of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, aged 20, crashed at Manor Farm. He died and is buried at Oxford (Headington) Cemetery.
- ^ "Memories of a Weston Turville Boy"- A History by Mick Dubberley, available in village archive.
- ^ "Much More than the Village Schoolmaster" by John Lawton, (Weston Turville Historical Society)
- ^ Casualities in the CWGC.