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Documents

Definition: facsimile (noun) An exact copy of something, e.g. a document, coin or somebody's handwriting.

Some of the artefacts depicted on this page are held by East Riding of Yorkshire Council Museums and Archives Services, and can be accessed by contacting Sarah Acton, Senior Archivist sarah.acton@eastriding.gov.uk and quoting the reference number displayed with each item.


Ministry of health letter 1939 Document 1.
Bridlington Evacuation Scheme. In May 1939 Bridlington Borough Council had to make plans for the evacuation of 5,000 people from Hull in anticipation of the outbreak of war. A survey of accommodation was made and billeting officers appointed to allocate accommodation. The scheme outlines the clothes, equipment and emergency rations that the children will be bringing with them. A Ministry of Health pamphlet 'What the Householder is Asked To Do' ststing government policy was distributed in January 1939 to prepare the population for mass evacuation. This is a facsimile of part of a letter issued by the UK Ministry of Health in 1939. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. BOBR/2/15/4/1326
Ministry of health letter 1939 Document 2.
See Document 1. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. BOBR/2/15/4/1326
After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council Document 3.
This was issued by Goole Rural District Council to give advice to people in case their homes were destroyed or they had to leave them temporarily. It stresses the importance of making arrangements to stay with friends or relatives in advance of any emergency occurring. The leaflet also covers the aid that would be available for repairing houses and replacing essential items. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDCL/207/1
After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council Document 4.
This is a facsimile of page 1 of After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council. See Document 3 for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDCL/207/1
After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council Document 5.
This is a facsimile of page 2 of After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council. See Document 3 for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDCL/207/1
After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council Document 6.
This is a facsimile of page 3 of After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council. See Document 3 for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDCL/207/1
After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council Document 7.
This is a facsimile of page 4 of After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council. See Document 3 for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDCL/207/1
After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council Document 8.
This is a facsimile of page 5 of After an Air Raid, an information leaflet from Goole Rural District Council. See Document 3 for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDCL/207/1
Guide to German bombs. Document 10.
This is a facsimile of page 3 of a guide to German H.E. (high explosive) bombs. See Document 9 for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Air raid logbook, May 7, 1941 Document 11.
Cottingham Council School Boys Department Log Book

These entries relate to the air raids taking place around Cottingham and Hull. Heavy bombing took place due to the docks at Hull and this affected the pupils ('scholars'). There are numerous entries regarding air raids. Other entries in the log book refer to the preparations made by the school at the outbreak of the war and give details of fund-raising by the pupils. This facsimile of a page in the 1941 air raid log book has entries for May 7th, 8th, 9th; part of entry for May 12th (there are no entries for May 10th and 11th). East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. SL26/8
East Riding school log book, showing the entry for V.E. Day in May 1945 Document 44.
See document * for full explanation. This is a facsimile of a page in the log book, showing the entry for V.E. Day in May 1945. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. SL26/8
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 13.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

These confidential pamphlets were issued by the Ministry of Home Security. They relate to 'Objects Dropped From the Air' (1941) and 'Detection and Reporting of Unexploded Bombs and Shells' (1942). The pamphlets contain practical information and illustrations showing the types of objects and bombs that might be encountered by civil defence personnel. This is a facsimile of page 2 of a guide to German H.E. (high explosive) bombs. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 14.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 2. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 15.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 3. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 16.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 4. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 17.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 5. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Guide to German bombs. Document 9.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 18.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 10. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 19.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 11. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Unexploded bomb manual, 1941 Document 20.
Air Raid Precautions Training Pamphlet

Page 12. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Camouflage scheme, 1942 Document 21.
R.A.F. Camouflage Number 3 Section Record Book

This is a facsimile of a document which contains the camouflage scheme for R.A.F. Church Fenton air base in the early 1940s. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Camouflage scheme, 1942 Document 22.
R.A.F. Camouflage Number 3 Section Record Book

This is a facsimile of a document which contains the camouflage scheme for R.A.F. Pocklington air base in the early 1940s. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Clothing coupon guide, 1942 Document 23.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

This is a facsimile of a document which was issued by the Board of Trade in August 1942. It shows what the coupons looked like and gives the number of coupons needed for various articles of clothing. The pamphlet includes a 'Your Questions Answered' section that seems to cover most situations. It indicates, for example, that persons making gloves out of rabbit skins were classed as 'small manufacturers' who also had to collect clothing coupons for their goods. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon guide, 1942 Document 24.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

Page 4. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon guide, 1942 Document 25.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

Page 5. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon guide, 1942 Document 26.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

Page 6. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon guide, 1942 Document 27.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

Page 7. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon guide, 1942 Document 28.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

Page 28. See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon booklet, 1942 Document 30.
Clothing Coupons Pamphlet

This is a facsimile of a page of a clothing coupon pamphlet from 1942. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Clothing coupon booklet, 1942 Document 29.
Clothing Coupon

This is a facsimile of a clothing coupon from 1942. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Bridlington invasion plans, 1941 Document 12.
Bridlington 'Secret' Invasion Plans

Local authorities were required to establish Invasion Committees answerable to Regional Commissioners and the military authorities to make the necessary arrangements for response to an invasion. A file from the Bridlington Borough's records contains the 'secret' local plan for Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The version here is dated 1944, but is clearly the latest of a series of schemes dating from the start of the war. Part of the response was the planned immobilisation of Bridlington in the event of an invasion. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. BOBR/2/15/4/1383
Bridlington invasion plans, 1942 Document 31.
Bridlington 'Secret' Invasion Plans

See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. BOBR/2/15/4/1383
Bridlington invasion plans, 1942 Document 32.
Bridlington 'Secret' Invasion Plans

See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. BOBR/2/15/4/1383
Pocklington Emergency Committee minutes, 1942 Document 33.
Pocklington Rural District Council Air Raid Precautions Committee Minutes

The minutes for 7th December 1942 refer to two possible food schemes for the Pocklington area: setting up a British Restaurant and the Meat Pie Scheme. The committee decided in favour of the Meat Pie Scheme which indeed proved to be very popular. The minutes in September 1943 showed that the pies were being rationed in Pocklington parish as more were ordered as could be made locally - production was then limited to 4000 pies. Attempts were also made to obtain an additional 2000 pies per week in the Market Weighton area. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. RDPO/1/4/5/1
Pocklington Emergency Committee minutes, 1943 Document 41.
Pocklington Rural District Council Air Raid Precautions Committee Minutes

This is a facsimile of the minutes of a meeting of the Pocklington Emergency Committee from 28th September, 1943 showing evidence of a crashed British bomber causing damage to buildings. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. RDPO/1/4/5/1
Letter about US negro troops, 1942 Document 34.
'United States Negro Troops' Home Office Circular

This confidential circular was sent to the Hull City Police Chief Constable in October 1942. It attempts to explain the 'difference in outlook between white American personnel and British personnel as to the relationship between black and white people'. British soldiers are also then encouraged to respect the American attitude while not necessarily adopting it themselves. Section 8 offers more practical advice about how to avoid situations where confrontations may develop. It also warns of enemy propaganda that 'may use the colour question to stir up bad feeling'. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Memorandum about US negro troops, 1942 Document 35.
'United States Negro Troops' Home Office Circular

See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Memorandum about US negro troops, 1942 Document 36.
'United States Negro Troops' Home Office Circular

See document * for full explanation. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Memorandum about US forces, 1942 Document 37.
UK Home Office Memorandum About United States Forces

This is a facsimile of page 1 of a UK Home Office memorandum about United States forces from 1942. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. POL/4/2/4/10
Christmas Day menu for Royal Air Force Station Kali, Malta, 1942 Document 38.
This is a facsimile of the Christmas Day menu for Royal Air Force Station Kali, Malta, 1942. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Bridlington food store inventory, 1943 Document 39.
Bridlington Emergency Feeding

A series of papers taken from a Bridlington Bridlington Borough Council file relating to the provision of war time meals from emergency feeding centres. An emergency feeding scheme for Bridlington was set up in 1942. These documents provide lists of food and kitchen and canteen equipment required by the scheme. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. BOBR/6/15/1/12
Bridlington concert poster, 1943 Document 40.
Bridlington 'Wings for Victory Week' Concert Poster

This is a facsimile of a poster which lists the entertainments to be provided at the concert at the Grand Pavillion on the 13th June, 1943. It includes a Royal Air Force band, an impressionist, a comedian and a vocalist. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX765
Home Office circular on relationships, 1944 Document 42.
This is a facsimile of page 1 of a UK Home Office circular from 1944, about relationships between members of the armed services and civilians. East Riding of Yorkshire Council Archive Ref. DDX589/1
Home Office circular on relationships, 1944 Document 43.
This is a facsimile of page 2 of a UK Home Office circular from 1944, about relationships between members of the armed services and civilians.
Clothing coupon booklet, 1942 Document 45.
This is a facsimile of the cover of a child's clothing coupon booklet from 1944.
Permanent pass Document 46.
This is a facsimile of a Royal Air Force permanent pass (outside of document), used by Corporal Dennis Moore for Aleppo, Syria in 1944.
Permanent pass Document 47.
This is a facsimile of a Royal Air Force permanent pass (inside of document), used by Corporal Dennis Moore for Aleppo, Syria in 1944.
Lord Alexander's 1945 victory message to allied servicemen in the Mediterranean theatre Document 48.
This is a facsimile of a letter sent in April 1945 to allied servicemen in the Mediterranean theatre of war.
The Young Nazi - extract from the Royal Air Force Journal, Victory in Europe Number, 1945 Document 49.
This is a facsimile of an article published in the Royal Air Force Journal, Victory in Europe Number.
101 ways to save money in wartime - cover Document 50.
This is a facsimile of the outside front cover of 101 ways to save money in wartime.
101 ways to save money in wartime - cover Document 51.
This is a facsimile of The Slip a Day Scheme from 101 ways to save money in wartime.
101 ways to save money in wartime - cover Document 52.
This is a facsimile of Extra Savings from 101 ways to save money in wartime.
101 ways to save money in wartime - cover Document 53.
This is a facsimile of Women - save on your beauty aids from 101 ways to save money in wartime.
101 ways to save money in wartime - cover Document 54.
This is a facsimile of The National Savings Movement from 101 ways to save money in wartime.
Permanent pass Document 55.
This is a facsimile of an army release form issued to Sergeant Doug Putnam.
Permanent pass Document 56.
This is a facsimile of a Regular Army permanent pass (inside), used by Sergeant Doug Putnam at Chelsea Barracks in 1946.
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Maps

Map of Sidi Barrani Document 57.
This map shows the position of British and Italian forces near Sidi Barrani, December 11th 1940.
Map of the North African campaign, December 1940 Document 58.
This map shows the retreat of Italian forces, December 19th 1940.
Map of the British assault on Bardia, December 1940 Document 59.
This map shows the British assault on Italian forces near Bardia, December 20th 1940.
This map shows the advance of the British Western Desert Forces on Tobruk, January 2nd, 1941 Document 60.
This map shows the advance of the British Western Desert Forces on Tobruk, January 2nd, 1941.
This map shows General Wavell's attack on Derna in Libya, January 1941. Document 61.
This map shows General Wavell's attack on Derna in Libya, January 1941.
This map shows the capture of El Agheila, 140 miles south of Benghazi in Libya, February 18th, 1941. Document 62.
This map shows the capture of El Agheila, 140 miles south of Benghazi in Libya, February 18th, 1941.
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