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About the Forums / Re: Irrelevant Rambling
« on: 03 January, 2019, 11:18:44 AM »
Hi All I concur with every thing that has been said  and I apologise for doing the same thing.
But I find It hard to miss out on something that can add a little something being a little joke or a funny reply.
 For instance Micks remark of Chinese Whispers brought to mind the story from the first world war of the message "Send re inforcemnts we w are going to advance"after many times being passed on became "send three and fourpence we are going to a dance".
 Any way I wish every one old posters and new a very happy new year from Harry.I

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Merry Christmas Everyone
« on: 19 December, 2018, 10:15:42 PM »
Hi Ken as for National Service exotic words silence is golden!!! regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Merry Christmas Everyone
« on: 19 December, 2018, 10:51:16 AM »
Hi Ken reading your post I started to wonder where the name Keva came from was it from you visit abroad during National Service??. It seems unusual as most of the dog names you usually hear are spot ,judy, max ,etc.
We had dogs at various times as kids growing up in the forties = Buller,one Spot ,one Scottie named Mack but none with what I would call exotic!!. Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Merry Christmas Everyone
« on: 18 December, 2018, 11:38:57 AM »
Hi Ken I definitely would not like to be a burglar breaking into your property because he/she would soon show who is the governor no messing.
Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Merry Christmas Everyone
« on: 17 December, 2018, 01:36:19 PM »
Hi Ken you have certainly changed from the Ken I knew!!!
Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 14 December, 2018, 04:06:32 PM »
I would like to wish all users and guests of this site a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 08 December, 2018, 03:00:53 PM »
Hi Ken the pawn shop was well known in the area it was Gregory,s    Regards Harry .I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 08 December, 2018, 02:57:20 PM »
Hi  Ken we had to use Pom at least once a week and I remember a ruse I used to fool the lads.  What I decided to do was boil some potatoes mash them up and mix with the potatoe  powder and voila wool had been pulled over eyes but I must say just the once!!. Also another issue we had was hard tack biscuits these were added to soups as a thickening agent .Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 07 December, 2018, 04:01:44 PM »
Hi Ken one of the men who worked at Butterfields left and took a job driving the old trolly buses and used to tell us the story of Dockers trying to jump on the bus as it turned the corner from Victoria dock road into Prince Regents lane he said he would accelerate hard to see the docker hanging on for dear life as he sped away.Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 07 December, 2018, 03:52:41 PM »
Hi Ken, we only had free cigarettes if one of the boats bringing contraband from north Africa was cought by Customs and the contraband cigarettes were distributed among the services serving in Gibraltar. I can remember on at least two occasions we were issued with Fifty Dunhill cigarettes each. Regards Harry.I
 

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 05 December, 2018, 03:27:39 PM »
Re the inoculations I can remember the multi jabs in both arms . To get these jabs we were marched across moorland to another Barracks ,Service Corps I seem to remember, and another surprise the chap who gave the jabs was the camp barber!!
But the jab I remember most was the one that you were given 36 hours off and I suppose it was coincidence that it was given last thing on Friday so you the weekend to get over it!!. I seem to remember this jab left you the following morning feeling like your arm had been nailed to your body with a six inch nail (ouch I felt that one) Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 05 December, 2018, 02:03:46 PM »
Hi Ken I believe you might have billeted in the same type of wooden huts , they were called spiders. I think that they were built during WW2 to accommodate American servicemen injured during the Normandy landings and used as a hospital.? Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 04 December, 2018, 03:16:15 PM »
Hi Ken, as you probably know during your two years of National Service there were always people who given the chance to (in their own minds) improve the kit supplied by the British Army. One of these was the "fluffy" battle dress. Someone came up with the "brilliant" idea to shave the "fluff" off with a razor  the uniform then taking on the appearance of Gaberdine and then ironing the uniform using brown parcel paper to get a nice sharp crease. The back of the blouse had three creases each side which for a charge of Ten Shillings the tailor would remove the three creases and replace them with one crease each side and voila box pleats on the back.The Brasso tin would have all paint removed leaving just the word Brasso the tin then highly polshed. The boot polish tin treated like wise.The gaitors had the small straps polished , spit and polished, and the small stitches picked out in white blanco !!!.TaLk about Bull Shott!!  At Aldershot the floors were given a good dollop of Mansion Polish and  polished with the dreaded bumper. At Blandford they  went one better , the floors were done over with bath brick and brought up to a nice  dusty white  which meant the floor could not be walked on because the studs in your boots left marks all over the floor no good for billet inspection!!! You don,t have to be mad to serve in the British Army,but it certainly helped.!!! Rgards Harry.I . ps there were no chains for the sink plugs or the toilet chains these were removed to make weights to put in the bottom of your trousers to make the bottom of trousers look neat!!!

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 04 December, 2018, 02:27:27 PM »
There also was a Gaumont  Cinema in Stratford broadwy opposite the town hall.
Regards Harry.I.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« on: 21 November, 2018, 12:18:46 PM »
Hi Ken I forgot to mention that visits to the dentist was always preceded by the dreaded blue clinic card handed out at school.
Regards Harry.I

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