The BWI Archives

1941 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


The following 'overview' extracts from the School’s Log Books the following types of material:

  • That which directly affected the children and/or their parents (events, visits off site, visiting speakers, medical checks, services either in school or at St. Martin’s Ruislip, holidays, etc.)

  • Significant changes in staffing, in the main restricted to the Headteacher, the Deputy and those who had provided a long period of service.

  • Visitors that indirectly impacted on the management of the school and/or its educational practice – Local Authority Officers, Inspections, etc.

  • In-service courses undertaken by the Headteacher or other staff introducing significant educational initiatives.

  • Items that impacted on or resulted in changes to the School’s facilities.

Most entries in the Log Book (in 1941 kept by the Headmaster, Mr Wilkinson) have been lightly edited – expanding concise or abbreviated comments, etc.  Where entries have been copied without change, these are given in bold.  Editorial comments to ease comprehension are given in brackets and in italic. Unfortunately, Mr Wilkinson’s comments in the Log Book were often very brief, sometimes laconic, employed a number of non-standard abbreviations that are not always possible to expand, and wrote in a handwriting style that, while neat, often ran letters together such that individual letters can be confused.



Christmas Holiday 21/12/1940 – 06/01/1941




(The most extreme bombing during the war and recorded in the Log Book occurred in 1940, particularly in the second half of the year.  However, use of the air raid siren and the need to take cover in the shelters continued in subsequent years of the war.  As noted in the overview for 1940, Mr Wilkinson frequently resorted to extreme abbreviation, failing to be explicit in what he was referring to.  He appears to have adopted the following ‘short hand’.

A simple recording of time e.g. 10.30 refers to the start of the school day which would have been delayed due to disrupted nights.  Occasionally there appear to be afternoon start times (cf. 18/09/1940 – p.m. 2.45) these may be delayed starts due to lunch time air raids or delays to the start of the mid day break, also due to air raids.

Periods spent in the air raid shelter, when not introduced by the full word are indicated by ‘S.’ followed by the length of time in the shelter e.g. S. 1h+; S. over an hour.  Mr Wilkinson rarely indicated the time for the start of air raids or gave the detailed accounts of various events found in other school Log Books of the time.)




S. a.m. 20 m.        S. p.m. 1hr 30 m. & 15 m. after School.


S. a.m. 10 minutes


Scheme for fire watching forwarded to the Education Office. 
S. a.m. 45 mins.   S. p.m. 1hr 55 mins.


S. a.m. 15 mins.   S. p.m. 15 mins.


S. a.m. 20 mins.   S. p.m. 55 mins.
Last scholars left at 5.15 p.m.


S. p.m. 25 mins.


Local gunfire       S. p.m. 30 mins.  No Siren


Mid Term Holiday – one day.




Half Term: 22/02/1941 – 24/02/1941




Mrs E.M.Lemmigs appointed to the permanent Staff.


April 10th – 20th    Easter Holdiay




Easter Holiday 10/04/1941 – 20/04/1941




Entrance Examination to Secondary Schools.


Half Holiday – Empire Day.


Ascension Day. Children’s Service in Church, 9.15 – 9.45 a.m.


H.E.B.Green Esq. H.M.I. called re accommodation.
Accident in Eastcote Road, 2 pupils injured. Reported to the D.O.
(Middlesex Education Authority Divisional Officer /Office)


Mr Green called again.


June 2nd, 3rd & 4th  Whitsuntide Holiday




31/05/1941 – 04/06/1941




Children’s Service in Church 9.15 – 9.45


Term Examinations during this week.


           - do -               completed


School closed – Summer Holdiay




Summer Holdiay 23/07/1941 – 25/08/1941
(The longer summer holiday had been reinstated, see 1940.)






School closed.


Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th Mid Term Holiday




Half Term: 31/10/1941 – 04/11/1941




H.E.B.Green, Esq. H.M.I. called re accommodation


Children’s Service in Church.


Term Examinations


Dec. 22nd – Jan. 5th    Christmas Holiday.




Christmas Holiday 20/12/1941 – 05/01/1942



First uploaded: 8 May 2017