Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by alffox on 20 July, 2018, 09:31:55 PM »
Harry,
Just thought I would add a little something to your mention of National Service. I was required to attend a medical at the recruiting place at the "George" Wanstead and was passed fit - I probably could have got out on medical grounds as I suffered from a condition in the knees called Osgoods Schlatters Disease.  Chose to keep quiet and was posted into the RAF and on January 4th 1952 caught a train up to Padgate in Lancashire and went into all the various huts for the required uniform etc.  Two weeks there and then "bullied" into the back of a lorry with a few other "erks" and on a train to Gloucester for square bashing at RAF Innsworth.  Was halfway through the 6 weeks when King George died and boy did those NCO's lay it on.  We were required to march on the occasion of the funeral into Gloucester just outside the cathedral and as far as I know all went well.   Always remember the Sergeant in charge of our group - a pig of a man Sergeant Bertrand.    Managed to scrape through and still have a couple of photographs.  Then got a dream of a posting to RAF Hendon - could even manage to cycle there from Custom House.  Wonderful days - air displays, trips on Anson aircraft all over the country, local to London - and then even tried to arrange a posting to the Isle of Dogs.  That never came off but what a great time .  Should have signed on but left at the end of my time to wander in and out of the various factory jobs that were always available along Silvertown Way.    Could carry on and on and in the terrible situation that we are in with crime etc why not some form of National Service for the criminals of today - it has been said before.  Must stop now - message probably in the wrong topic but at least something to follow up on.
alffox. 
2
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by harry 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.
3
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by MickG on 19 July, 2018, 12:47:44 PM »
I also subscribe to the Newham History Society on Facebook as well as a number of other East London sites that can be found there. However I have always found this board to be a bit different and there have been many knowledgeable and in-depth discussion here on various subjects which you don't normally tend to get on Facebook. One of the other problems with FaceBook is that if a group is very popular with lots of subscribers, is that new topics that go to the top of the list and then rapidly get shoved further down the list as the are replaced by newer comments. This means that topics can easily be missed.

Facebook also tends to attract comments like my aunt's, second cousin once lived down a particular road that tend to have nothing to do with the subject under discussion.

I actually think there is room for both.
4
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by KenM on 18 July, 2018, 01:39:39 PM »
jplant1, many thanks for info, I did give it a whirl & found the many photos interesting.
kenm.
5
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« Last post by jplant1 on 17 July, 2018, 02:41:02 PM »
Newham History Society has a Facebook a/c - you don't have to be a member to access it.
6
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by KenM on 17 July, 2018, 11:37:20 AM »
Harry, another one out of your bumper fun book.
I have just played Trees sung by Paul Robeson from a vinyl track, a truly wonderful voice, even the vinyl hissing & cracking makes it special.
Another talented person ripped to pieces by the yanks for speaking his mind.
kenm
7
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by MickG on 16 July, 2018, 11:00:08 PM »
Hello Harry, Trees by Joyce Kilmer and sung by Paul Robeson I have always liked. I incorporated into my website several years ago at;

https://micksmuses.com/2016/11/06/there-will-never-be-a-poem-lovely-as-a-tree/
8
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry 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.
9
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry on 16 July, 2018, 01:40:13 PM »
Hi Mick how true words are to that poem.

Regards Harry I
10
Looking for a lost friend or relative / Re: Shipman Rd School
« Last post by harry 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
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10