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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by linda co on Today at 04:06:19 PM »
Thank you Ken, yes mum has lots of  wonderful stories of her time spent nursing. She eventually became a District Nurse in East Ham, at first riding round on a bike and later she drove a dark blue Morris Minor like Gladys Emmanuel in Open all Hours. In 1983 she met the Queen when the Queen opened the new St Bartholomews Centre in the Barking Road. The doctors that mum worked with had transferred there from Central Park. She still hears from the families of some of her old patients.
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About the Forums / Drones
« Last post by KenM on Today at 01:44:16 PM »
Hi all, with all mention of drones, you would think that it is something new.
Can anyone remember the model aircraft enthusiasts flying their immaculate models on Chingford Mount.
A rare treat for us kids to be taken to see dozens of planes zooming around the skies.
These models were all hand made to scale, fitted with tiny petrol engines, the guidance could be a little hit & miss with sometimes a sortè into the crowd watching them, but to see a miniature Spitfire so close was a treat.
Ken.
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by KenM on Today at 11:35:28 AM »
Many of us take the role of nurses lightly, when in fact they do a wonderful job.
What an experience for a young nurse starting her training, maybe having to restrain a 15 stone sweaty docker in shock. They are worth there weight in gold.
Ken.
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by linda co on 23 March, 2019, 05:50:02 PM »
I think I've mentioned it on here before that my mum started her nurses training at The Seamans Hospital in Alnwick Road E16 in 1947. She remembers many cases of men falling in the Dock and being brought in to have their stomachs pumped!
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by ed styles on 23 March, 2019, 12:52:05 PM »
Harry     Ken.
                   I believe what Ken said was correct in the stomach pump bit , but the 2 cases I referred to neither were recovered the same day , and also not during the winter . Both resulted on a massive bang on the head anda fall into water .The earlier one one in 66 was on the River by Tate Modern and he was working for Mowlems on a Piling barge and the winch handle snapped and ran back and smashed his head and into and under the barge which as you know has a flat bottom. he was not recovered till the next day stuck under the barge ,he was my best mates younger brother .
The second fatality was when i was workingon a New Zealand Rangi boat the currant Chippy was replaced by a N.Irish guyb  sent over from the Pool , he had never been to sea before so he told me , and one of the important jobs as a ships carpenter when in Port is to take on fresh Water from a hydrant on the quay next to the dock. We found out later the next day on changing the hoses over the fitting jammed and he struggled when it suddenly unclipped and came back at him andsmashed him on the head and he went into the water and was found by PLA. Divers that evening .

These events were personal to me , but I.m sure there were many more .

 All the best Ed
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by KenM on 23 March, 2019, 11:40:21 AM »
Hi Harry, the treatment anyone who fell into to Thames or dock water was swift, they were rushed to hospital where the dreaded stomach pump was applied to empty all the contents & then kept under close observation for 24 hrs.
I am told that you feel as weak as a kitten after the stomach pump treatment, the need for speed got in the way of gentle handling.
It was amazing how quickly the PLA ambulance appeared, no mobile phones in those days.
This was PLA routine procedure & strictly applied.
Ken.
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by harry on 23 March, 2019, 10:44:36 AM »
Hi Ed I heard this mentioned a couple times a story that if you fell into the docks or the river Thames you were kept in hospital for 36 hours under observation because of foul state of the water in those arears  true or false what do you reckon???.  Regards Harry.I.
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by ed styles on 22 March, 2019, 05:54:41 PM »
Mick,
        yep , remember the 62-3 I'll take your word on the date , . At that time I was an Apprentice in the Docks and was working on a Ship in the Albert , and mid afternoon we were told to go ashore and make our way out of the Docks , apparently the P.L.A. had closed all the Royals and all work had shut down , I'm assuming to stop anybody falling into the Dock and then impossible to find in the fog .
I know this from 2 friends on different occasions who lost their life when falling in the water in the Dock and River , very sad.
 All the best Ed
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About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« Last post by ed styles on 22 March, 2019, 05:38:59 PM »
Harry ,
       first of all I remember only to well the fogs of 52 , when my poor old Dad was taken bad with breathing and chest pains as a result of the winter smog ,he struggled on try to breath and in the june of next year 53 he passed away .On a lighter note he also brought home in early 52 a pet monkey he bought up the Lane ,and later in 53 he also died of the winter weather , bruv and I buried him at the bottom of our garden , and years later the whole of our street 's bottom section of gardens were taken over by the water board , something to do with widening the river into Barking Creekmouth . We often wonder if that section were dug up again and they came across the monkey skeleton would we get a visit from the boys in blue .
allthe best Ed
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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« Last post by KenM on 20 March, 2019, 04:55:26 PM »
Mick, thanks for reply & links to maps of the long ago Custom Hse area, unfortunately I am unable to open the files after several attempts but I will have another few tries. It will be interesting to view the area where I used to live all those years ago.
Ken.
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