After a number of near misses, London Library was finally hit by German bombs on the 23rd of February, 1944.
The library, founded in 1841, is on St James’s Square.
Mrs Devereux and her twelve-year-old daughter Jean at their home in Pinner, Middlesex, England in December of 1944.
The Christmas tree was a present from Mr Devereux, who was serving overseas in the war, and was organised through a YMCA initiative.
More photographs of the family’s Christmas can be found HERE.
Christmas in London in 1944, the last Christmas of the Second World War. The caption for the image reads:
At the Canning Town settlement, Derek Cunningham receives a Christmas card and savings stamp. In addition, he is holding a paper bag containing a new toy and some sweets, donated as Christmas gifts by America through the British War Relief Society.
12th December 1944: A funeral taking place at Atherton War Cemetery in the northern Australian state of Queensland.
Built in 1942, halfway through the Second World War, the cemetery contains 164 graves.
Amongst his popular photographs were those of American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War alongside their local girlfriends. The image above was taken in London’s Hyde Park in 1944 in the buildup to D-Day. Interestingly, the American soldier is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.