Lewes Road

Sussex Police Photo Archive 1942

Police and other services deal with a bombing incident at a block of flats off Lewes Road, Brighton. During the Second World War there were 56 air raids on Brighton, and 381 high explosive bombs were dropped resulting in 200 properties being destroyed. A total of 198 people were killed and 357 seriously injured. In 1942, 248 Special Constables were regularly employed on duty with an average of 70 officers on duty each evening.

Until the formation of the Borough Ambulance Service in 1948 it was a Police responsibility to provide ambulances for Brighton. This 1942 photograph shows the Police ambulance with three drivers from the wartime Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps


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