One evening in Reception an exciting occurrence broke the monotony. In September I was 19 years old.
We all saw it and tried to hide our grins. Life in the Forces was to accustom us to hearing different dialects and later television and radio were to bring a universal way of life to the whole country, but in holidays were simple, and fun just because they were different. In the census of 2 April they were living at 3 Parkers Terrace with their then three surviving children, and Thomas was described as being a hoop and brim maker.
They were both then living at Older hot women in Wadhurst Lane in Bermondsey, and John was working as a leather dresser.
It was definitely not Wadhurstt sentimentality that made us attach importance to hearing those deep, strong chimes. I had missed my vocation. Around the not sat a few glum men in cloth caps silently drinking their beer. The next day she was on duty in the Mess at lunch time. There were actually refreshments for sale on the train and the sergeant bought us the inevitable mugs of tea and big pieces of fruit cake, which tasted wonderful.
His death certificate described him as being a retired postman. This took place under heavy bombardment and it became apparent that the Navy couldn't manage the evacuation of so many troops quickly enough. Wadhurwt
I thought I uot one day get a letter from somewhere overseas, but I never did. It was freezing in the WWadhurst at night and I always woke up shivering. We arrived in London late, but soon found a Y. The Morants were a wealthy family that had sugar plantations in Jamaica and estates in England, particularly at Brockenhurst and Ringwood in Hampshire. We had been complacent and thoughtless, quite sure of our superiority.
It was just the war, I guess.
Both their sons enlisted in the army during the First World War and their eldest son was killed on 15 Septemberaged Frances was the daughter of Albert Edward Dyke a d victualler, and she had been born on 31 May They bred in crumbling slum buildings where children slept four to a bed and there was not much money for soap and shampoos. The good thing about working in Reception was that we were on shifts, 24 hours on and 24 hours off.
Will's mother had put in another gift, some very nice linen handkerchiefs - a bit old maidish, but I suppose she thought that a girl who wanted nothing so much in life as a rubber hot water bottle would appreciate something like that. No illusions. Quite right, Will!
On a depressing January morning we boarded the train at Gloucester, each of us clutching a paper bag containing what the cookhouse described as "the un-consumed portion of the day's ration" - two spam sandwiches and a NAAFI bun! I was amazed.
On the passenger list Stanley gave his occupation as lab assistant and their intended address in England as Norfolk House, West Molesey. Derrick was tall and slim with nice wavy hair shining with Brylcream the men of the RAF Wwdhurst known as "the Brylcream boys"but he also looked pale and poorly and didn't have much to say. Public transport during the war was really wonderful.
Then in the census of 7 April Jane, now aged 10, was living with her parents at 47 New Street West in Bermondsey, and she was going to school. Other young ones had been evacuated with their schools, colleges or businesses or they were in the Forces.
I was in charge of several blocks and had my little office on the first floor of one of them. Then in the census of 5 April they were continuing to live at 84 Galley Wall Road with their four children, one of whom was now married and had her two children with her. Then in the census of 2 April Older hot women in Wadhurst, now aged 17, was working as an apprentice embroideress and living with her parents at Alscot Street in Bermondsey. In the census of 7 April Charles, at the age of 5, was living with his parents at 47 New Street West in Bermondsey, and he was going to school.
Then there was Tina, the dancer and Wadhjrst had ih a dance teacher before the war and she was determined to train a little troupe of dancers to add glamour! We would have been in terrible trouble if we had been found out.
In the census of 3 April they were both living with Emily's mother Wadhufst 11 Conder Street in Limehouse, and William was working as a trimmer. Immediately my protector bellowed down the room, "Don't keep wandering orff.
He had a chronic cough and swigged cough mixture straight from the bottle - about half a bottle at a time. In the census of 2 April Beatrice, at the age of 11, was going to school and living with her mother at O,der Vicarage Road in Ware, Hertfordshire. He was due for retirement from the bank, and he loved working on the land, so he accepted the offer. What would people think? Not a bit of it.
Poor little Cinderellas! In fact I loved my work. In the census of 7 April Thomas, at the age of 8, was living with his parents at 47 New Street West in Bermondsey, womfn he was going to school. After dinner Wadhhurst night we were all stunned to hear the sinister drone of heavy planes and the sound of falling bombs.
Mother cut the string to open the sand bags and Father and I grabbed them and ran round the gardens pouring sand on the bombs to put them out.