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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): O/484
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1945-1946
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Home Office
Deptford Borough Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

On July 28 1944 at 9.41am Lewisham street market was hit by a V1 flying bomb that demolished 20 shops, damaged 30 more, killed 51 people and injured 313.

On the morning of Saturday 25 November 1944 at 12.25 pm a V2 rocket landed on Woolworth's store in New Cross Road at Deptford. At the time of impact the store was crowded with schoolchildren and housewives, and the casualties were therefore very high: 160 killed, 77 seriously and 122 slightly injured. In all, Deptford was to suffer nine V2s, far less than other localities, but five of these caused "major incidents" resulting in a death toll of 297 with a further 328 seriously injured; more than other London borough.

Source: Imperial War Museum (


Scope and content/abstract:

Report, dated 1946, prepared by the Civil Defence Department, Home Office, on a flying bomb incident at Lewisham, 28 Jul 1944; and draft report, apparently prepared for Deptford Borough Council, on rocket incidents in the borough, 1944-1945.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two items: O/484/001-002.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1977 (AC/77/110).

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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