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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« on: 20 November, 2018, 08:51:56 PM »
Hi All I forgot to mention the bomb that fell on Rosetta School actually destroyed the classroom that I was in and on turning up for school the next day surprise  surprise no classroom!!! REgards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Rosetta Road School
« on: 19 November, 2018, 01:17:43 PM »
I don,t  know the date of Rosetta Road School but the buildings on view was where the school clinic was situated where I had some fillings done on my teeth foot operated drill!! no anaesthetic ,still feel the pain,one nurse holding your head in a vice like grip while the other operated the foot treadle  and drill .       
Incedently the classrom I was in was bombed by a Jerry bomber on its way back from a bombing raid on London , it must have had a few bombs left and i suppose seeing the school as a rather large target dropped two bombs ,one on the tennis courts and one on the school.
Our schoolteacher at that time was Mr Fred Munns.Regards Harry.I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 14 October, 2018, 06:15:31 PM »
Hi Ken I fail to see how  the square bashing and PT training slipped your mind as this was part of the proficiency tests for all National Service Men.
The five  mile march was part of this test and it consisted of double marching then jogging alternatively over a five mile course.There  was also the mile  run around the 440 yard track to be completed in ten minutes easier said than done. included was the 303 rifle .sten and bren gun.I was also told I was a marksman for getting ten rounds from a 303 in the bullseye from 30 yards at an  eight foot reprasentative target which was an eight inch target ( incidently which was stolen from foot locker within an hour of returning to barracks I can just hear them telling the story of how good a shot they were!!!!).
All these tests were retaken a year later whilst in Gibraltar all the running tests were done before 7 o clock in the morning the running tests were quite hard after a year of no PT. Regards Harry I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 12 October, 2018, 11:34:55 AM »
Hi Ken your story Re Blandford Camp took me back 65 years (was it really that long ago) wit the story of PT sessions I was wondering if when you did the dreaded 5 mile bash you took the same route that we took which half way through involved crossing a Ford in a small river and being stopped to mark  time in the middle until our boots were filled with water and when we continued all you heard  was the squelching from said boots.Regards Harry I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: East Ham High Street
« on: 09 October, 2018, 09:14:31 PM »
Hi All I remember the first fortnight at the start of National Service We seemed to be dressed in P T kit with what was called ammunition boots with mug knife fork and spoon and to top it off every where we went it was at a jog with said knife fork spoon and mug held in one hand behind our backs which made a clank clank  clank  sound as we jogged around the Barracks .
Other things that stuck in my mind was the five mile bash part jogging then double march!!. quite nackerring but not as nackerring as the next time this was done was a year later in Gibraltar after a year of no P T obviously not as fit as the firs time it was done.Regards Harry.I.

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