June,1939 - A Conference was organised by Hemel Borough in order to make suitable arrangements for the educating of evacuee children who were to be billeted in the Borough. Amongst others,. Leverstock Green Junior and Infant Schools were told to operate a two-shift system. Under this system, resident children would use the school facilities in the morning, and evacuee children would use them in the afternoon, alternating the times each week. Other accommodation would have top be found for the children not using the school facilities either in the morning or the afternoon, as teachers were to remain responsible for their children throughout the day. When school resumed, ( village children were to use the school from 8.45 to 12.15, and London children from 1.30 to 4.30. The following week the arrangement was to be reversed. [S19 p.63 ] Mr Ayre had noted in the school log book for Aug 4th " school closed.for the summer holidays, to reopen on Monday September 4th."
July 1939 -. Local school children were being prepared for expected gas attacks and issued with gas masks. The children of Leverstock Green were able to test these in a Home Office Gas van which toured the area. [S19 p.63]
The Leverstock Green Cricket Club was disbanded and not reformed until 1948/49. [S102]
August 24th, 1939 -. Teaching staff were brought back from holiday and told to prepare for the evacuation and reception of school children. [S19]
September 18th 1939 "Owing to the outbreak of war the school did not reopen until this morning." [S73]
August 30th, 1939 -. Ministry of Health warned local authorities to be ready at 24 hour notice to receive evacuee children. [S19]
September 1st, 1939 -. Evacuation scheme came into force. Blackout regulations came into force. [S19]
September 18th 1939 "Owing to the outbreak of war the school did not reopen until this morning." [S73]
September 20th 1939 "School hours now 8.45a.m. to 12.15 p.m. & in the hall and chapel 2 p.m. to 3.30p.m.. Scawfell Inf & Jr. (L.C.C.- Shoreditch) have the use of the school lalternatively with us." [S73]
October,1939. The double shift system was still operating in Leverstock Green Junior and Infants, who alternated with Scawfell Shoreditch Junior and Infants. [S19]
December 1st 1939 "Gas mask inspection 14 had none with them." [S73]
Friday 8th December 1939 - Reported in the Hertfordshire Advertiser & St. Albans Times under the Headline BLACKOUT OFFENCES Irene Ambrus of Grenville Hall, Grenville Place, London SW was summoned for failing to obscure a light at "Little Heath", Greenacres Leverstock Green on October 26th. PC Goddard said the house was unattended, a light was on, and the curtains not drawn. With the assistance of Sgt. Ayre of the Special Constables, he nailed a sack over the window. On November 1st a man attended on the defendants behalf to extinguish the light. .When the witness saw the defendant she said: "When I left the house I must have accidentally switched o the light." Mrs Ambrus was fined £1 plus costs. [Hertfordshire Advertiser & St. Albans Times 8th Dec 1939]
1940 - The Leverstock Green Home Guard was formed. See separate WebPage on Home Guard.
January/February 1940 Mr. Ayre recorded in the school log books that the weather was very wintry, often with snow. The school was badly hit due to an initial shortage and then a complete absence of fuel. [S73]
February 12th 1940 "School very cold 43° due to no fuel..snow at lunchtime." [S73]
April 29th 1940 - "Admitted 34 children from Scawfell Infants School LCC amalgamation. 188 now on roll." [S73]
May 10th 1940- "Air Raid practice.Closed today for the Whitsuntide Holiday to reopen Monday, May 20th." [S73]
May 14th 1940 " School reopened this morning, by Special Order, owing to Emergency." Infuriatingly there was no indication given in the log book of the type of emergency! [S73] However it would seem that all schools throughout the country were recalled owing to the general war situation: The following is a quotation from the school log book of Harrowgate Hill Infants School, Darlington."The school closed on 2nd May Ascension Day. Later in May the Whitsuntide holidays were cancelled owing to 'the serious war situation'. An extra shelter was provided so that all classes could attend full-time." (On May 14th the formation of The Homeguard was announced, the following day, 15th the Dutch army surrendereed and May 27th the evacuation of British & French troops from Dunkirk began.) [http://www.communigate.co.uk/ne/hhis/page22.phtml ]
June 7th 1940 " Air Raid practice this morning trying out walking to the Church, as an alternative Air Raid Shelter."[S73]
June 10th & 11th 1940 " Headmaster put on the Contex to all the children's respirators." [S73] Contex would appear to have been a special filter fitment made to gas masks to make them effective against the gas Arsine "The gas masks were all very well for protecting people against the gas but then the government found out about Arsine, in May 1940, and had to take in all the gas masks and fit them with a Contex filter. It was a bit like a small tobacco tin fastened to the end of the mask with adhesive tape. [ http://www.johndclare.net/wwii_Cleland.htm ]
July 1st 1940 "Air Raid Protection Walls have now been completed; practices can now be resumed." [S73]
October 1st 1940 - After just over a year, the war was coming to Leverstock Green, and causing considerable disruption and terror as recorded by the Headmaster Mr. Ayre in the numerous entries in the school log book referring to Air Raid Warnings, and on some occasions actual enemy fire-power and bombs: "Air Raid Warning from 2.12.pm. to 2.35pm Children assembled on the verandah." [S73]
October 7th 1940 Air Raid Warnings. 10.38-11.10 ( Break after). Air Raid Warnings 1.43 2.7. [S73]
October 8th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 8.48 to 10.12
October 9th 1940 - Air Raid Warnings 2.51 to 3.30 3.50 to 4.10
October 11th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 8.55 to 10.00
October 14th 1940 - Air Raid Warning from 11.50 2.30
Air Raid Warning from 2.50 3.30
October 15th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 10.11 to 10.25 and 11.35 11.45
October 17th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 9.30 10.0
October 18th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 4.0.p.m. 5.30 Children gradually escorted home.
October 21st 1940 - Air Raid Warnings 9.20 to 9.36; 9.45 to 10.12; 11.2 to 1.16. Then 1.46 to 3,20 No afternoon school.
October 22nd 1940 - Air Raid Warning 1.48 to 3.20
October 23rd 1940 Enemy aircraft machine gunned over the neighbourhood. Children were out at play, but were immediately called into the verandah until everything was quiet. No Warning Given.
October 24th 28th 1940 The school was closed over the half-term and no entries made in the log book. [S73 unless otherwise stated.]
November 5th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 10.25 to 10.45
November 6th 1940 - Air Raid Warning9,25 to 9.40; 10.9 to 10.35; 2.30 to 3.13
November 7th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 12,3 to 1,5. No afternoon school as the children returned or stayed here for shelter.
November 8th 1940 - Air Raid Warning10.0 10.35; 11.28 11.45
November 11th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 9.21 9.50; 10.42-10.55; 2.46-3.26
November 13th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 1.30-2.36; 3.24 4.0
November 14th 1940 - School is open from 9.30 from now onwards.
November 15th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 1,28 2.12
November 18th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 2.50-3.50 All Clear Not Heard.
November 21st 1940 - Air Raid Warning 2.10 to 2.50
November 25th 1940 - Air Raid Warning11.58 to 12.17
November 27th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 3.47 to 4.20
December 5th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 1.51 to 2.9
December 6th 1940 - Air Raid Warning10.55 to 11.29
December 16th 1940 - Air Raid Warning 11,49 to 11.57
December 20th 1940 January 7th 1941 School closed for Christmas break no log entries.
1941 - There was a general order to remove unnecessary iron railings to aid the war effort. Leverstock Green School , however, managed to retain its railings in order to "prevent the misuse of the outside office by the public", and "for the safety of the children ". [ S19 p.80 ]
The Leverstock Green Pig Club was reported to have been doing well early in the year. It had made a profit of £15 and all members had had a joint of pork in time for Christmas. [ S19 p.88 ]
January 7th 1941- "School reopened this morningAir Raid Warning 9.17 9.56; 12.00- 12.17; 12.40 4.18 Afternoon session cancelled."
January 16th 1941 - At a meeting in St. John's Hall Boxmoor, it was announced that a scheme was to be set up in Leverstock Green (as well as other areas) to form fire-watching parties. [ S19 p.98 ]
January 21st 1941 - Air Raid Warning 10.35 to 12.15 1.15 to 2.05
January 28th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 1.25 to 2.15
January 29th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 9.40 to 10.45
January 30th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 3.00 to 4.00
January 31st 1941 - Air Raid Warnings 9.25 to 9.40; 11.40 to 12.16; 12.35 to 3.45
February 3rd 1941 - Air Raid Warnings 9.35 to 9.50; 10.13 to 10.35; 12.20 to 12.42
February 6th & 7th 1941 - ..Classes 4 & 5 over here instead of old school owing to small numbers."
February 17th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 2.45 to 3.08
February 18th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 2.58 to 3.27
February 20th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 11.00 to 11.37
February 27th 1941 - Air Raid Warnings 10.35 10.55; 11.14 11.28; 12.35 1.18
March 7th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 11.25 11.40
March 20th 1941 - Air Raid Warning 2.57 to 3.55. There were no further air raid warnings recorded for over two years.
April 9th 1941 - school closed after today for Easter Holiday. 9 Scawfell 10 year old girls to be transferred to Boxmoor.
May 14th 1941 The following entry conjures up rather an intriguing picture perhaps ritual dances around the Maypole were intended to ward off invasion!: "Half-Holiday this afternoon fro war Weapons Week. Children marched to green where they performed Singing Games, Country Dances and Maypole Dances."
August 12th 1941 School reopened this morning .Classes V7 VI have been transferred from the Old School, Bedmond Road to the Parish Hall, where two rooms are to be used."
November 19th 1941 - HMI's called at 1.45 today to see School Railings & talk about School Meals."
1942 - Four gilded carved mahogany angels were fitted to the riddel posts of the High Altar in Holy Trinity Church. This was done in memory of the Rev. Arthur Durrant. [ S2 p.6 ] These angels had been commissioned by the congregations a memorial to the Rev. Durrant, and had been carved by local sculptress Miss Brenda Bessant out of Mahogany.
April 1942 - The Leverstock Green Home Guard, previously part of the 5th Herts Battalion, was transferred to 22 Company, to become the new No. 3 Platoon. See page on Homeguard.
April 21st 1942 "Miss M. Davis, LCC teacher transferred to George Street School as all evacuee children are to attend Two Waters Evacuee School. The Parish Hall ceases to be used as a school."[S73]
May 1943 - . There was a big demonstration in Leverstock Green to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Home Guard.
It was reported that poultry theft had become prevalent in the area.[ S19 p.88 ]
February 2nd 1944 - "Mr. R.R. Baxter, Chief ARP officer visited this afternoon and gave a short lecture on the "Butterfly Bomb", showing an actual bomb." [S73]
June 16th 1944 - Air Raid Warning from 2.05 pm to 2.50.[S73]
June 22nd 1944 - Air Raid Warning - all clear at 10.5 [S73]
June 23rd 1944 - Air Raid Warning - all clear at 9.12 [S73]
July 3rd 1944 - Air Raid Warning 15.23 hrs 17.52 hrs. Children taken home in groups." [S73]
July 19th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 9.22 to 11.45. Air Raid Warning 10.10 to 11.45 (No All-Clear heard.) [S73]
July 21st 1944 - Very little work done owing to ARW's. 7.40 10.00; 10.18 11.50; 12.30 14.11; 14.30 14.42 15.33 15.44 [S73]
July 24th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 15.07 15.17 [S73]
July 26th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 14.25 14.39 [S73]
July 27th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 15.21 15.45 [S73]
July 28th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 13.30 13.58 [S73]
August 1st 1944 - Air Raid Warnings 09.48- 10.00; 14.15 14.29; 15.35 15.47 [S73]
August 3rd 1944 - Air Raid Warnings 06.50 09.25; 09.54 11.58; [S73]
August 4th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 15.43 16.10 [S73]
August 8th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 08.57 09.27 [S73]
August 11th 1944 - Air Raid Warning 14.18 14.30. [S73]
1944 - Under the county Development Plan classes were to be reduced to a maximum of 30 children, and Leverstock Green JMI was to be reconstructed as a 5 class JMI. [S19, p.163]
October 1944 - Moves to get a speed limit through the village of Leverstock Green failed to win support form Hemel Hempstead Borough Council. Alderman H. Fletcher told the meeting that people seemed to think that if the speed of cars were reduced all would be well. He thought that a false hope. Alderman Fletcher went on to add that every village in the country wanted a speed limit imposed, and the result was that on main roads traffic was impeded by endless restrictions. Fifty years on we are becoming more enlightened and recognise that restrictions in certain areas are necessary for safety. Nevertheless arguments still continue as to who should be given primary consideration - through traffic or local pedestrians. [Gazette, 6/10/94]
1945 - The organ in Holy Trinity Church was moved from what is now St. Benedict's Chapel to its present position at the back of the church. It was overhauled at the same time. [S2 p.6]
February 27th 1945 -The top 3 classes at LG school went to the Parish Hall for a concert under the ausp[ices of the Rural Music School [S73]
March 14th 1945 - Air Raid Warning 9.21 9.27 [S73]
March 19th 1945 - Air Raid Warning 8.16 9.26. Many children thus late for school." [S73]
March 28th 1945 - The headmaster noted, together with the fact that the
7th May 1945 - At 7.45.p.m. a B.B.C. News Flash announced Victory in Europe, and on the 9 o'clock news, two days of national holiday were announced.
Tuesday 8th May 1945. - This was officially declared VE day. There was a street party for the children in Leverstock Green, and each child was provided with 6d pieces and two savings stamps, in addition to food and fun. [S19 p.118 ]
May 8th & 9th "School Closure for Celebrations in connection with Victory Day the End of the War in Europe." [S73]