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Unexploded Bomb

Railway, Old Brick works site near Crown Lane Newnham

Written by David Caldwell

Last Modified Saturday 29th December 2018

On the 18th August 1940, a bomb was dropped by a German Bomber and embedded itself in the London and South Western Railway near Hook.

A group of six sappers from the Royal Engineers led by Lance Serjeant Button were dispatched to the scene.

The bomb was a new type with a fuse set to detonate up to eighty hours after being dropped.

While trying to disarm the bomb it detonated. All six sappers were killed instantly and the Lance Searjeant injured.

Lance-Sergeant Jack Button was awarded a George Cross for his bravery that day.

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