The Second World War caused much of Bexhill to be evacuated. Some of the schools never returned to the town.
The beach was sealed off and mines and tank-traps laid. Bexhill endured 51 air raids and 12 V1 strikes. 328 bombs and over 1000 incendiaries were dropped. Enemy action killed 21 civilians and 1 soldier; 21 buildings were destroyed; 189 buildings were seriously damaged and another 2,735 received minor damage. Spike Milligan was stationed in Bexhill for a while and recalls his experiences in his book Adolf Hitler My Part In His Downfall.
Bexhill played a prominent part in the defence of this country during the the period 1939-1945. The proximity of the enemy airfields in occupied France, Holland, Belgium and Germany itself led to the issuing during the war of 1,468 air raid warning alerts in the area.