Marriage George Digby to Violet Willden Camberwell
Within a few weeks from the declaration of war with
Germany in September 1939, George Digby married Violet Willden at Camberwell
Register Office on the 25th October. The marriage certificate above
shows that George and Violet were living at 45 Loncroft Road SE5, which
was Violet's family home. George's peacetime occupation was commercial
clerk, but as this was now wartime his military details are listed.
The two photographs directly below show the family home in Loncroft
Road present day. The wedding day group shows the best man (unknown
army friend of George), Violet and George, George's mother Lilly and
father Arthur. Behind them George's brother Herbert (Sam) and sister
During the war their home in Loncroft Road was damaged
by bombing. This resulted in Violet moving home several times whilst
her husband was overseas. After the War the Digbys moved to 40 Revelon
Road Brockley, just two doors away from George's aunt Adelaide.
Loncroft Road was so severly bomb damaged during the War that most
of the housing was destroyed. Luckily a section of terraced housind
at the north eastern end of the road survivied which included the Willden
family home at number 45.
The 1946 bomb damage map below (left) and a present day aerial map
(right) show the dramatic changes to the area over the last 50 years.
The school still survives behind the Willeden's home but a large artificial
lake and parkland has been created where many of the prewar streets
were. This area is now known as Burgess Park.
below for larger images
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