Willow Road Air Raid - November 1940





Willow Road Enfield 16th November 1940 the morning after the air raid


Enfield had its worst night of the Blitz on 15/16th November 1940. There were 34 separate incidents in this one district alone when in addition to high explosive and incendiary bombs, there were seven parachute mines. The first of these fell just before 10 p.m at the junction of Willow and Peartree roads. Immediately afterwards and another fell in London road.


At the Willow Road incident, where a number of houses were demolished and others damaged, the mine fell close to the wardens post on the corner of Peartree road. Mr F. Somers, a full-time warden, was standing near the entrance to the post and was killed instantly. Part-time warden Mr S. Greenaway was fatally injured and died later in Chase Farm Hospital. Two other part-time wardens Mr F.Silvester and Mr F. Dancey were badly injured.


Dr Karsten, a german jewish refugee who had brought his family to England and set up practice here, was killed along with his wife and another relative, all of whom lived opposite the post.



Click here for maps of the bombed area





A bench and plaque mark the spot of the Air Raid wardens post circa 1960s









The memorial bench today recently restored by Enfield Council











The original Commemorative plaque