An official photo describing the kit of a British infantryman in 1939. Note that the gas mask ('respirator') and anti-chemical warfare cape are parts of the outfit, remnants of WW1 memories. In actual combat, and marching with full kit, the British infantryman would carry a pack known as a "valise" that contained more clothing and personal items. Officers wore the exact same uniform save for markings of their rank.
Elephant and Castle Underground Station during WW2 (1940) There was huge demand for space on the London underground during the Blitz, probably the safest place to be. Yet nowhere was entirely safe.The Elephant and Castle station was only six stops along the Northern Line from Balham station.