SAMS (Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors) Canteen was in the old school house in Rake Lane. It was licensed to serve light meals and drinks and was furnished with easy chairs, tables, a gramophone and a table tennis table. It was run by a village committee and was staffed by voluntary helpers. It was licensed to the church council (who owned the building) in order to obtain supplies of tea, coffee, margarine, bacon and eggs (all of which were rationed).
The brass plaque, to commemorate the invaluable relief this small haven provided to hundreds of men, was placed in the old Victory Hall, and when this was demolished in 1963, the plaque was gifted to the Upton Archive held at St Mary's Church.
Where did you find this plaque?