Remembering Bath’s dark war days.

The Mayor of Bath, Cllr June Player laid a wreath at Bath’s War Memorial during a service conducted by the Reverend Roger Drive, the Rector of St Michael’s Church.

The 80th anniversary of the Bath Blitz has been marked in several different ways. My thanks to photographer Rob Coles for going along to two of them to provide us with some images.

The unveiling.

The first was a gathering for a memorial service and plaque unveiling in Shaftesbury Road Gardens – one of the city areas that suffered many deaths during the devastating aerial raids Bath endured during the war.

The Mayor lays flowers on the new memorial.

The Mayor of Bath Cllr June Players was there to lay a wreath – as was Chris Kilminster who had organised the event and who lost relatives during the bombing – including his seven-year-old sister.

Chris Kilminster with a book of wartime images and memories.

Altogether 417 people – including 63 children – were killed during the raids, and thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed.

The Sassparella Singers – a Bath-based all-female community choir – sang wartime songs during the ceremony.

Rob also attended an event at the city’s war memorial just outside the city-end gates of Royal Victoria Park at which a short service was taken by the Rector of St Michael’s Church, the Reverend Roger Driver.

Some of those who attended the memorial service

A wreath was laid by the Mayor of Bath, Cllr June Player.

All photos courtesy of Rob Coles.

Rob sent me a selection of images from which l have chosen a few and thank him for his trouble.

He told me: “I overheard some harrowing accounts of the blitz this afternoon.  It would be good if people could be inspired to record their stories with no holds barred before it is too late. 

 Each name on the memorial must have a story as must the survivors.”