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About the Forums / Re: Use It Or Lose It
« on: 07 August, 2018, 08:52:56 PM »
Hi Ken I believe that Essex Girl is a previous poster .I have noticed on this forum that by reading between the lines you can get a good idea where people live through their messages. Mick I think lives in the Weymouth area yourself Bournmouth Christchurch area me from Thundersley in Essex on the forums there have been posters from America(Limey) Bill Sharpe Florida postings from Australia.
Looking back on the old postings you can find which school people went to what they did for a living where they were born where they served in the services as you can see there is guite a lot of info on the forums.
Regards Harry .I

Wartime stories / Re: East End Bombing
« on: 05 August, 2018, 10:19:48 PM »
Hi Mick and Ken What I find hard to understand is on the civil defense map showing where the bombs etc that were dropped on West Ham what were the Gerries trying to hit bombs landed everywhere. The bombs that hit Hallsville School were they aimed at the glassworks which was a bigger target than the school???.
Incedently we were living in Scot Street which was just around the corner of Agate Street which was a short walk to Hallsville School.
Very sad story re the War Regards Harry I .

Newham memories and nostalgia / keeping cool in this hot spell!!!
« on: 31 July, 2018, 11:51:49 AM »
Hi Ken your story of how you keep cool in the hot weather came to mind today whilst reading the Mail and the story of the expensive beach hut on Mudeford  beach. Is it free to sunbathe on a beach with such expensive beach huts £300,000 !!!.I thought that £20,000 for a beach hut along the Southend on Sea coast was dear but £300,000 Wow!!!. We made a short trip to Christchurch a few years back while on holiday in Bournmouth and all i can recall was a lake and a Church in some sort of park area .Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 27 July, 2018, 02:20:54 PM »
Hi Ken the description you mentioned of the various coloured houses remind me of a children,s programme our grandchildren used to watch on TV called Balamoray. Regards Harry I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 27 July, 2018, 02:08:46 PM »
Hi Alf I have noticed that in various places around England there are military buildings that are similar to those in Gibraltar. For instance  at Shoeburyness behind the Garrison public house are some flats which are very much the same as the barracks where I did my National Service in Gibraltar . On the Isle of Portland there some of the same. Even Tilbury and Coalhouse forts are of similar construction all I can assume is that they were all designed by the same people In around 1870 I am only guessing at this date perhaps someone else could have more info on this. Regards Harry I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 26 July, 2018, 01:47:32 PM »
HI Ken I suppose I was guilty of painting the front of our house in Varley Road a nice tint of green although there was,nt any nice brick  as it was a pebble dash finish to start with and the funny part was that after a few weeks of finishing the painting someone from Berwick Road where houses of a similar design knocked to ask details of the colour and where we bought the emulsion from and did their house the same. Varley road had many different coloured fronts  to their houses.  Mind you if the design of the houses had been different I would agree with you wholeheartedly.
 Incidently that particular house was builtin 1935 for the princely sum of four hundred and fifty pounds .
And as for not understanding the languages I think now you can take your pick!!!.
Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Do I know this place?
« on: 25 July, 2018, 01:02:35 PM »
A chap in the turning where I now live was an Ex Shipman Road School lad who lived in Royal Road told me that he went back to visit old relatives still living in the area and the only remark he could make that it was now a complete S--t hole.
Regards Harry I

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 25 July, 2018, 12:55:40 PM »
I suppose this will come under the same heading" Dead Horse" watching the antiques road show on Sunday I noticed two chaps dressed in dark blue wearing tall hats I believe they used  to be called " Bobbies" how apt that they were on a show of Antiques just don,t see many about these days.
 Have also noticed this week a number of Police vehicles in the car park of our council  offices,the local Police station having closed a while back this seems to be a trend?.
The Police station at Rainham in Essex is now a row of houses called Gladstone Place where do they take offenders when they have to be locked up.
Has anyone else noticed this trend and when did you las see a police man on the beat???.Regards Harry I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 22 July, 2018, 07:25:32 AM »
During The War , Shut Up  Albert!!!
Regards Harry

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 21 July, 2018, 01:32:54 PM »
Hi Ken the stories I told were only a quick resume like the bit about Piper Robson if you look up the story of the problems in Aden you will get the drift of his involvement obviously with many others.
I did not intend to infer that he was the only brave man as he was not. Others in the Argyles said he was marching in front of everybody playing the pipes so   he couldn't hear the rifle fire from the enemy.  He was just one of Sixty blokes that made up the employment company and there were six cooks for the sixty blokes which meant you worked half day on and had a day and half  off. Just like a civvy job there was no guard room so none of bods had to stand guard  just sleep in the office to do any early morning calls. Of  the six cooks there were three carpenters one plumber an ex fairground boxer a scot from the Gorbels in Glasgow and a cook corporal who was a bit of a spiv  from Stepney.    Any on a plus side of these memories was the we won the small units catering contests two years running. We were not completely missing out on any military activities cos we still had to do the annual five mile bash carry a ma twenty yards on your back{I remember mine was a!16 stone sergeant me nine stone sopping wet}as well as proficient  test on rifle sten gun  and bren gun just in case???. I was also fortunate to have spent a seven day trip on HMS Undine on manouvers in the  Med that was quite an experience believe me!!. I could go on cos there are plenty more, as you can gather my two years National Service was quite enjoyable mind you I went in  when they were feeding em not needing em although some of the original intake from Aldershot came home with medals Kenya for  instance anyway I would think many others would have similar stories.Regards Harry.i

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 21 July, 2018, 11:22:54 AM »
Hi Alf I like you and many others had our medical at the George Wanstead was also passed fit and as a carpenter it was decided that I would make a good cook so I was put in the Army Catering Corps why I do not know!!!.
I finished up after basic training at Aldershot and Blandford in Dorset was posted to Gibraltar to an employment company in Town Range Barracks just off main street.I spent 18 months there till release in 1955
In the years that followed I have been back on two occations and visited the ol barracks which had ceased to be used by the miitary and was being used to house civillian personnel  .A couple of years ago Michael Portillo did a series on railways and on one of these he did a trip from Algarciras  and crossed over to Gibraltar and did an interview with Tito Vallejo Smith the local historian and discussed Gibraltar in general to cut the story short I got in touch with Tito via the internet and found that he was actually housed in one of the small rooms in the old barracks and was using the old cookhouse for his ablutions .Since then there have been lots of changes in Gibraltar and on the site of the cookhouse they have built a house complete with swimming pool all of which can be seen on Google earth street view. Another thing I have seen since 1955 was items on tv  about the Argyle and southern highlanders and the Governor of Gibraltar piper was from this regiment who was on the strength of the company in town range and in the ensuing years have seen items on tv of him now as a pipe Major piping the flag down in Aden. And later when under the orders of "mad mitch" Colonel Mitchel piped the troops back to retake Aden whilst under fire and saw him again at the 40th reunion dinner on tv makes it a small world!!! Regards Harry.I.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 19 July, 2018, 03:29:48 PM »
I could write a few stories about contacts made over the years since finishing National Service most in unusual circumstances but would these be of any interest on this site ??.

Regards Harry I.

Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« on: 16 July, 2018, 02:31:41 PM »
Hi all in the last couple of weeks I found on you tube a poem put to music and sung by Paul Robeson the poem was by Joyce Kilmer.
 I found it was one of those tunes that you get stuck in your head and have a job to get rid of.
Might I suggest you give it a try and see what you think the poem was called Trees.
Regards Harry I.

Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« on: 16 July, 2018, 01:40:13 PM »
Hi Mick how true words are to that poem.

Regards Harry I

Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« on: 16 July, 2018, 01:35:18 PM »
Hi Ken The sort of poem that would readily come to mind  was one I remember said by one of our classmates no names no  pack drill, was  The boy stood on the burning deck picking his nose like mad rolling it up in little balls and flicking them at his Dad boom boom!!!
Regards Harry .I

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