Robert Barnsdale Grant Aged 47
Chris Father was one of 41 that were killed.
Chris Grant a former Newark Town Mayor 1991 – 1992 his Father was one of them that died in the air raid.
The Sacrifices Of War – Newark Commemoration
Our Personal Tribute – An Important observance – Newark Remembers The 76th Anniversary on 7th March 1941 – 2017 an important date when Air Raid on Ransome And Marles (R&M) Ball Bearings Factory.
Newark Remembers The 76th Anniversary on 7th March 1941. This being an important date when Air Raid on Ransome And Marles (R&M) Ball Bearings Factory. This was Newark largest loss of life, their Sacrifice to work day and night in a dangerous place during the 2nd world war.
Tribute in the Heart of Newark
41 were killed at Ransome and Marles air raid
Holy Trinity Academy Newark Taking time to Remember Them
We Remember Them On This Special Day 7th March 1941
The Town’s Air Raid The Killed 41 People
Thanks for taking the time with your Tribute
We Will Remember Them
A Time To Remember Them That Died
Newark Tribute to Air Raid On Ransome & Marles Factory
HMS Bell. Its poignant that we hold this memorial to the workers at R&M who made a large contribution to the war effort they should be remembered.
Newark sacrifice our tribute in their memory when 41 died 29 Men and 12 Women were killed and further 165 were injured.
Ransome & Marles Bell, We shall never forget them on this special anniversary year of commemorations.
Lets open our eyes and hearts by taking time to Remember R&M workers that died.
By LG –The commemoration will take place in the heart of Newark Cemetery on Tuesday 7th March at 1.30pm.
The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) gave a guard of honour –
Newark Remembers Anniversary on 7th March 1941 this is an important date in peoples memories.
Newark’s Air Raid on Ransome And Marles (R&M) Ball Bearings Factory. This was the towns largest loss of life, their Sacrifice to work around the clock day and night in a dangerous place during the 2nd world war.
This wonderful book
The launch of “Newark’s Black Friday”, the book about the WWII bombing of Ransome & Marles
We Remember the 29 Men and 12 Women that died.
R&M – RHP Now NSK Factory
The Stanley Works Building since 1900 – we had a visit.
The Weather Vain of the Standley Works Building Since 1900
We Visited The Standley Works Building On The Eve Of R&M Air Raid
Three generations at the Ransome and Marles memorial re-enactment. Alison with her dad and two Children Tom , Sam with grand dad Martin Senior. In memory of Reginald William Senior killed by enemy gunfire aged 35.Commemoration
Reginald William Senior died the next day
Sam Ware, Marin Senior Grand Dad Tom holding his Great Grandfather’s Senior ID card
Remember Newark air raid on Ransome & Marles. This was an important day on their 76th Anniversary, on this special date in peoples memories – 7th March 1941 – 2017. Newark’s Air Raid on Ransome And Marles (R&M) Ball Bearings Factory. This was the towns largest loss of life, their Sacrifice to work around the clock day and night in a dangerous place during the 2nd world war.
Friends Of Newark Cemetery will Remember them
We Remember Them
30 are buried at Newark Cemetery
Newark Remembers 76th Anniversary
– Air Raid On Ransome And Marles R&M Ball Bearings Factory.
Its poignant that we hold this memorial to the workers at R&M, who made a large contribution to the war effort.
HMS Newark bell will toll after each name that were killed in the bombing. The Last Post and Reveille by Roger Bryan
Laurence Goff is chairman of the Friends of Newark Cemetery which was involved in organising the plans. He said: “This was Newark’s largest loss of life, their sacrifice to work day and night in a dangerous place during the Second World War.
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7th March Anniversary at Newark Cemetery at the Sacrifice Cross up the main drive. Friends Of Newark Cemetery, School Children and the town will remember them once again at 1.30pm. Chris Grant will be present, Laurence Goff FoNC Chairman read out a full account of the bombing – Holy Trinity Academy School Children called out each name that were killed and ring School bell. – Barnby Road Academy read out their Tribute. The Last Post and Reveille by Roger Bryan –
There were tours of the graves and poppy Cross will be placed on each one.
Also an exhibition of photos and history display at Newark cemetery Interpretation Centre.
At Newark Cemetery at the Sacrifice Cross up the main drive. Friends Of Newark Cemetery hosted two events. We were grateful to School Children from Holy Trinity Academy and Barnby Road Academy. Newark town remembered them at 1.35pm. Chris Grant was present, Laurence Goff Chairman FoNC read out a full account of the bombing.
Holy Trinity Academy call out each name that were killed and ring their School bell. The Last Post and Reveille by Roger Bryan –
The Sacrifices Of War – Newark Commemoration
Our Personal Tribute – An Important observance – Newark Remembers The Anniversary on 7th March 1941 – 2017 an important date when Air Raid on Ransome And Marles (R&M) Ball Bearings Factory.
The Weather Vine and Clock Tower
Newark Remembers the Air Raid on Newark.
Chris Grant As Newark Town Mayor Plaque which was posted at R&M – RHP March 1992
Garden of Remembrance at NSK
Will Remember Them at R&M
41 workers died during Ransome and Marles Bombing Commemoration to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Newark bearing factory being bombed.
Former Ramsome and Marles R&M – now called NSK
The air raid is remembered with a permanent Memorial located at Newark Town Hall at the foot of the staircase when you walk into the Town Hall.
Friends Of Newark Cemetery hosted Newark two days of remembers. The Anniversary on 7th March 1941 – . -R&M factory made a large contribution to the war effort, we should be grateful to them.
Holy Trinity RC Academy School Newark gives a roll call of names that died
HMS Newark Bell
John Henry Green
Air raid is remembered with a permanent Memorial located at Newark Town Hall at the foot of the staircase when you walk into the Town Hall.
Reginald Senior Son – holding his Fathers ID card.
A Time To Remember Them
Roll Call of Names that died
1, George Harold Henry Adams, aged 45 *
2, Wilfred Evelyn Andrew, aged 39 *
3, Olive Ash, aged 31 * O
4, Bertie Augustus Ball, aged 18 * O
5, Ernest Patrick Beale, aged 27, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment (Private) *
6, Edward Beaver, aged 26 (Buried in Mansfield) with no Tombstone
7, Harold Vincent Brown, aged 44 *
8, Vivian Maud Castle, aged 18 – Elston
9, Enid Winifred Hall Cooper, aged 30 Buried in Balderton St Giles Church Yard
10, Edna May Cottam, aged 19 *
11, Gladys Cummings, aged 21 *
12, William Joseph Dixey, aged 62 *
13, Frederick Fowler, aged 39 – Buried at St Sebastain’s Churchyard Great Gonerby, Grantham.
14, George William Godridge, aged 29 * O
15, Robert Barnsdale Grant, aged 47, his son Chris was only five when his Father died, he became Newark town mayor 50 years later in 1991-1992 *
16, John Henry Green, aged 55, Volunteer Home Guard, 11th Nottinghamshire (Newark) *
17, Horace Grocock, aged 47 ( Buried in Barnby in the Willow)
18, Albert Robert Gyde, aged 42*
19, Rose Ellen Hall, aged 30 * O
20, James Hazelby Hanger, aged 29 *
21, Thomas McHallam Hardie, aged 26 *
22, Sybil Harriet Hayden, aged 34 of Ivy Farm Cottage Kirklington Newark Notts buried at Hatfield Hyde Cemetery Hollybush Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 4JU – located
23, Joyce May Kirton, aged 18
24, Lily Lambert, aged 22 * O
25, George Felix Lambley, aged 39 *
26, Edith Makins, aged 21 ( Buried in South Collingham) – St John the Baptist Churcyard
27, Frederick William Mann, aged 46 * O – located
28, Frederick Markwell, aged 50 ( Balderton ?)
29, Claude Ware Hannah Martin, aged 36 *
30, Edward E. Martin, aged 46 *
31, Richard Naylor, aged 25 *
32, Frederick William Packwood, aged 52 *
33, William Thomas Pepper, aged 18 – Caunton
34, Frederick Richards, aged 32 *
35, Alfred Mayfield Ridge, aged 68 * O – located
36, Reginald William Senior, aged 35, died on the 8th March 1941 *
37, George Swanwick, aged 38 * O
38, Norah Trueblood, aged 34, *
39, Esther Evelyn Varney, aged 19, (her body was never found)
40, William Warner, aged 51 *
41, Arthur Worrell, aged 31 *
41 were killed 30 are buried in Newark Cemetery Nottinghamshire* A Star Buried in Newark Cemetery 21 in total have a Tombstone. O is put after names that do not have a Tombstone.
Tribute can be found of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the 1939-1945 War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.
Newark’s tribute, we Remember the people that died during Ransome and Marles Air Raid.
Newark Remembers Them
Ransome & Marles Ball Bearing factory Tribute will take Place at the Cross of Sacrifice 7th March at 1:30pm.
Newark Stanley WorkersNewark Remembers
The air raid is remembered with a permanent Memorial located at Newark Town Hall at the foot of the staircase when you walk into the Town Hall.
41 Died 30 are Buried At
Newark Remembers Them
We Will Remember Them
George Harold Henry Adams, aged 45
Wilfred Evelyn Andrew, aged 39
Olive Ash aged 31
Ernest Patrick Beale, aged 27, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment (Private)
Howard Vincent Brown, aged 44
Enid Winifred Hall Cooper, aged 30 (Buried in Balderton in St Giles Church Yard)
Edna May Cottam, aged 19
Gladys Cummings Aged 21
William Joseph Dixey, aged 62
Buried at St Sebastain’s Churchyard Great Gonerby, Grantham
George William Godridge, aged 29
Robert Barnsdale Grant, aged 47, his son Chris was nearly five when his Father died, he became Newark town mayor 50 years later in 1991 – 1992
John Henry Green, aged 55
Albert Robert Gyde, aged 42
James Hazelby Hanger, aged 29
Thomas McHallam Hardie, aged 26
Sybil Hayden of Ivy Farm Cottage Kirklington Newar Newark Notts buried at Hatfield Hyde Cemetery Hollybush Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertordshire AL7 4JU – aged 34
Lily Lambert, aged 22
George Felix Lambley, aged 39
Frederick William Mann, aged 46
Claude Ware Hannah Martin, aged 36
Edward E. Martin, aged 46
Richard Naylor, aged 25
William Packwood age 51
Frederick Richards, aged 32
Reginald William Senior, aged 35
George Swanwick, aged 38
Norah Trueblood, aged 34
Easter Varney aged 19
William Warner, aged 51
Arthur Worrell, aged 31
Newark will Remember the people that died during Ransome and Marles Bombing
41 were killed 30 are buried in Newark Cemetery Nottinghamshire.
A retired journalist is appealing for help with his latest book that will tell the untold stories of those whose lives were affected by the bombing of a Newark factory during the second world war. Mr Trevor Frecknall of North Muskham, has written ten books, including Newark In The Great War and Lionel’s War.
His next will deal with the bombing of Ransome and Marles bearings factory on March 7, 1941.
A total of 41 people died and 165 more were injured when Luftwaffe bombers targeted the factory.
Mr Frecknall has received help with his research from local studies librarian Mr Tim Warner and an appeal through Facebook, but he is keen to hear from anyone with recollections.
“I want to include every angle of this story and make it a thorough tribute to all those involved” he said.
“I would love to hear from the families who lost their loved ones and from the families of those who were injured.
“I am hoping their children will remember and I would love to hear from them.”
Mr Frecknall said the day was known as Newark’s Black Friday.
“It must have been horrendous,” he said. “But 75 years later there are still many untold stories and I want to tell them for the first time.”
Ransome amd Marles bombing, I would like to give my personal thanks to Trevor Frecknall for giving his account on Radio Newark
The raid began when many workers were returning from lunch at about 1.40pm.
A low-flying Heinkel bomber approached the factory from the south along the railway line.
Two bombs landed in the factory, another on the street and a fourth on an air raid shelter next to nearby Stanley Street.
The plane then passed over again and dropped a further bomb, which did not explode.
There was another attack at 2.24pm, when five bombs were dropped. One exploded and wounded many of the rescue workers. Mr Frecknall hopes his book will be ready in time for the 75th anniversary of the bombing, which will be commemorated next year.
Monday 7th March 2016
The Friends of Newark Cemetery will lead tribute at Newark Cemetery at 1.30pm. We are inviting survivors, witnesses and descendants of those affected to take part.
The planned events will include roll calls on the steps of Newark Town Hall and Newark Cemetery of those killed, and a church service.
Anyone with information for Mr Frecknall Author and former journalist should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org oracle 01636 702200.
Bert Emerson helped rescue other survivors of the bombing at Ransome and Marles Newark-On-Trent on 7th March 1941
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them”
Roger Bryan Newark Town Band
The 41 That Were Killed At Ransome and Marles Factory On 75th Anniversary
Bert Emerson worked at Ransome and Marles Ball and Roller Bearing Factory, on that Friday afternoon 7th March 1941
Ben Huthwaite, age 11, from John Blow Primary School Collingham read an imaginative story he wrote about Ransome and Marles
Newark in the Second World War records the events surrounding the bombing of the Ransome and Marles bearing factory at Newark-on-Trent. On Friday 7th March 1941 the most well known of all the raids on [Newark-On-Trent] took place when Ransome and Marles factory was bombed. The type of work carried out at the factory made it an obvious target for the Germans. The raid commenced at about 1.40pm. Many workers were returning from their lunch break when the alert sounded at 1.35pm. A few minutes later a single Heinkel III bomber – flying so low that those on the ground could see its markings – approached from the south, following the railway line. As it neared Ransome and Marles it was fired on from several different points but still managed to drop four high explosive bombs. Two of these landed in the works, one on the road at the side of the factory and the other on an air raid shelter adjacent to Stanley Street. The plane also machine-gunned the site before circling, passing over the factory again and dropping another bomb. Fortunately this one did not explode. According to German reports the aircraft flew over for a third time in order to take photographs. The Raiders Passed siren was sounded and rescue parties went immediately into action. Various ambulances transported casualties to hospital and the Home Guard helped to close the roads around the works. The First Aid posts and the Womens Voluntary Service canteen were also kept busy. At 2.24pm the alert sounded again. Another enemy aircraft approached and dropped five more bombs but only one exploded. This was near the road and caused more damage and casualties, many of those hurt being rescue workers. Raiders Passed was sounded again at 2.51pm. As a result of the raid 29 men and 12 women were killed. One young woman was never found and presumed dead. Amongst those killed, were a young woman who had planned to get married the following weekend and a man who had recently been discharged from the army. Sixty-five people were admitted to Newark Hospital and 100 more were treated at the works own underground hospital. The official German communiqué of the raid stated that A daring low level attack took place on an armament factory at Newark causing heavy damage in the workshops. The bombers were under the command of Lietenant Knaut and Lieutenant Randolf. Local papers were severely restricted in what they could report. The day after the raid the Newark Herald reported that A single German plane came out of the low-lying clouds yesterday and dropped a number of bombs on an East Midlands town. An hour later the same or another raider dropped more bombs in the same locality. There were a number of casualties, some being fatal. The official report from which much of this information comes was not made public until the end of the war. The day became known locally as Black Friday. After the raid the two paired Lewis guns which were mounted in sand-bagged positions on Clay Lane Bridge were replaced by a Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun mounted on a proper gun platform. Fortunately the factory was not attacked again. We will Remember them
To The Works That Died At Ransome and Marles Bombing Air Raid of 1941
This article is about the Luftwaffe’s air-raid on the Beacon Hill factory of Ransome & Marles, as witnessed. There is also a link to a list of the names of the people killed as a result of that raid.
Ransome and Marles Stanley factory (later RHP and now owned by NSK),
During WWI women replaced many factory workers – in Newark women worked in Ransome & Marles and Wothington & Simpsons factories making munitions, Mumby & Sons doing uniforms and Coopers parachutes.
Ransome & Marles
Ransome and Marles Stanley factory (later RHP and now owned by NSK), although outside of Coddington’s parish border on Beacon Hill, is very close and has undoubtedly played a large part in the life of many Coddington people.
During WWI women replaced many factory workers – in Newark women worked in Ransome & Marles and Wothington & Simpsons factories making munitions, Mumby & Sons making uniforms and Coopers making parachutes.
The Ransome Brass Band was formed on the 1st November 1937 as the works band of Ransome and Marles. In 1939 the Ransome and Marles Band made the first of over 500 radio broadcasts – many were broadcast direct from the works canteen via a BBC direct radio link. These popular broadcasts included favourites such as “Music While You Work”, “Workers’ Playtime”, “Friday Night Is Music Night” and “Strike Up the Band”. See Charlotte Hall’s oral history, and the band’s website:
Eyewitness / Oral History accounts of the raid by Coddington residents
Michael Sellars (People/Oral Histories)
The day Ransome & Marles (R&M) was bombed I was at home because I was sick. In the early afternoon I was lying in bed and heard a plane. I looked out of the window to-wards Newark and saw a plane flying low and heard a ‘crump’ sound, followed by another. I went downstairs to tell my mother that I thought the plane was dropping bombs but my mother told me not to be silly and sent me back upstairs to bed.
A while later, a neighbour called in to tell us that there had in fact been an air raid. My mother came upstairs to apologise and just then, we heard another plane go over. We looked out of the front bed-room window just in time to see a man, who was cycling to-wards Coddington, leap off his bicycle and take cover in the ditch which ran the down the side of the road. It would not have been a pleasant experience for him, if he landed in the water, because some houses up the road had arranged for the effluent from their cesspits to flow into the ditch so that they did not have to pump them out. The area was provided with a sewer main in mid 1951.
The neighbour then called in again to advise us that the R&M factory had been hit and my mother became concerned because my father at the time was spending part of his work time at R&M Newark and the rest at R&M Bunny, which was in the process of being established. She also had concerns about my grandmother who lived on Beacon Hill, not far from the factory.
As with most people, we did not have a phone in those days and the only way my mother could find out if my father and grandmother were all right was to go and find out. She asked me to get dressed and then, with my little brother in the pram, we walked to my grandmother’s house. It was about 5 p.m. by about this time and, just as we arrived at my grandmothers, a car pulled up at her neighbour’s house and a woman who was sobbing got out. The sobbing lady had just been advised that her husband had been killed in the raid. (This was presumably the wife of Frederick Richards ( Beacon Hill Rd, aged 32) or of Alfred Mayfield Rudge (84 Beacon Hill, aged 68).
My mother left my brother and myself with our grandmother while she went down to the entrance of the works but she was unable to learn anything. It was not until after 10 pm on that sad evening when someone father came home. He had been at Bunny when the first raid took place and he had been called back to Newark to help make the bombed areas safe from further roof collapse and to cover over the machinery exposed by the raids in case it rained.
A few weeks later, in May 1941, we moved to Bunny so that my father could concentrate on helping to establish the new factory. We only stayed at Bunny until November 1942 when we moved to Dundee in Scotland, where R&M took over three former jute factories. This person returned to the Coddington area in May 1949 but it was not until November that we were able to take possession of our house at 123 Beacon Hill Road because the tenants had been reluctant to leave and my parents had to go to court to settle the matter. Keen to pursue engineering as a career, in mid 1951, after taking my GCE ‘O’ level examinations, I went to work for R&M, but continued my studies at Newark and Nottingham Technical Colleges, on a part-time basis.
During 1956 ? 1958 I did my two years National Service in the RAF. After training as a radar technician, I was posted to Cyprus and Jordan. On completion of my National Service, I went back to R&M and continued studying part-time. By 1961 this person was a Graduate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and I was offered a three years contract in Sydney with R&M Australia, which I accepted … Around this period, having now completed all the educational and industrial experience requirements for full membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, I was admitted as a Member and at the same time, became a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. When the contract ended I was asked to stay on with R&M Australia, which I did. However, by 1971, it became increasingly obvious that Ransome Hoffmann Pollard (as R&M had become) had no chance of being able to compete with the Japanese bearing companies and I looked around for an alternative position.
Maureen Andrews (People/Oral Histories)
Maureen remembers the air raid over Newark in the 2nd World War when Ransome and Marle’s Factory was bombed, she lost her uncle Wilfred Andrews amongst the fatalities. Another of Maureen’s uncles, Albert Thompson, was injured in Normandy and died in England from his wounds. He was the only soldier from Coddington to be killed in the 2nd World War….
John Kirton (People/Oral Histories)
I don’t remember a lot about the war as I was only 8 when it started, but I do remember bombs being dropped on Stapleford Woods as the Germans thought that it was a camouflaged munitions factory of course what they were looking for was Ransome and Marle’s at the bottom of the hill. They did bomb the factory in 1940, I actually saw them drop the bombs, myself and Ken Maltby –we were going home for dinner, as there were no school dinners in those days. We came out of school and this airplane came in low across the spinney, heading towards Newark. Ken said, ” that is a bloody funny Blenhiem” (that was a type of plane) and then we saw the markings and we realized it was a German plane. We went home as quickly as we could. We didn’t hear any bangs and it wasn’t until a little time later that we heard, they had bombed Ransome and Marles. We had incendiaries dropped in the village, I can show where one landed in the stackyard. ..
Our Dad did not have to join up being a farmer, but to do his bit, he joined the A.R.P. (Air Raid Precaution) and he was an A.R.W. Air Raid Warden. They practiced running up and down the street with a barrel on a trolley to see how fast they could reach a fire. The oldest member of the crew was Jack Ingram. They patrolled the village in pairs my Dad pared with Uncle Walter. We always joked that they would be no good, but when the incendiary bombs landed in the stack yards they got there and put the fires out. Reverend Bully took his turn and did very well. Jack lived on Main Street and his house was Ist Aid Headquarters. The kids of the village helped with Sunday First Aid Practice. We were given tags on our wrists to say what injuries we were to be treated for. Well if the injuries were too severe we would be whipped into the ambulance and taken down to the hospital on London Road. We quite enjoyed that as we were given a biscuit and a bottle of pop as well as our ride in the ambulance.
Nancy Sleight (People/Oral Histories)
She remembers the war when not very much happened until the two German planes flew over and dropped bombs on the Ransome and Marle?s factory which was making munitions. The children saw the planes from the school and were more excited than afraid.
Colin Smith remembers going on to these sites at weekends to help father … When war came in 1939 Len (Smith) was too old to be called up but his war effort was to build ‘gun turrets’ for the ministry of defence around Newark. ‘Bofors’ anti-aircraft guns were placed on these gun sites, they made a terrific noise when fired. Unfortunately they did not stop the German bombers bombing Ransom and Marle,s on the 7th March 1941. At the time Len was building a new canteen for the company…
Is this out of Der Adler ? Although the date is in English and transcript in German. English language ones were printed for the US ( pre 1942 ) and for the captured Low Countries.there was a radio report Wehrmachtbericht on the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft about the raid , the names and report would have been sanctioned by the Oberkommando der Luftwaffe later on in the war members of the armed forces received The Honour Roll Clasp paper award first but after 1944 it came in metal for being mentioned.
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