East Boldon Anti- Aircraft (HER 1829)

East Boldon Anti- Aircraft Supply Depot (HER 1829) This is the sister site of the anti-aircraft depot in Killingworth, and supplied Sunderland. Ruined buildings are still in-situ, but this is a private site so access is not possible

In the earlier Photo you can see how extensive East Boldon Anti Aircraft Depot was showing what an important location it was during the war. To the top left of the picture you can also see white objects in the field. These maybe examples of defences put in place to prevent the landing of enemy aircraft
Aerial Photograph RAF 106G/UK/745 6034 28-AUG-1945 (Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive)

This site was still in use after the war as evidenced by this exchange taken from http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/

Depot, East Boldon

HC Deb 17 February 1947 vol 433 c123W 123W

Mr. Blyton asked the Minister of Supply how many persons are employed at his Department's depot at the anti-aircraft site, East Boldon, Co. Durham; the weekly cost, of keeping the depot open; and what average amount of traffic was received and dispatched each week over the last three months.

Mr. Wilmot Twelve men are employed at this depot, which costs us about 70 a week to run. Over the last three months an average of 23,000 ammunition components has been received and 15,400 dispatched each week.

Further evidence can be seen in the two Photo graphs with the site today showing the remains of an old Nissen Hut on the right of the picture, but on the original 1945 picture it is not there indicating it was a post War addition.

Grid Reference:NZ36876063

Auxiliary Fire Serivce, Memories of a Bomb Disposal Team based at East Boldon

Francis Craig Smith
British civilian member of Auxiliary Fire Service in Sunderland, GB, 1940-1943; engineering apprentice in Sunderland, GB, 1943-1945; officer served with 7, 20, 1 and 16 Bomb Disposal Sqdns, Royal Engineers in GB, 1947-1951; served with 28th Field Engineer Regt, Royal Engineers, 1st Commonwealth Div in Korea, 1952-1953 This is reel 3 of an oral history by Francis himself recorded by the imperial war museum.

Source: Copyright IWMComplete interview

East Boldon Camp a German P.O.W? an interesting article is included in the link from the Sunderland echo in 1947 about a German waitress working in Sunderland being visited by German Prisoners of war.