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Wartime Memories

George Forgan wrote in April 2010:

School Days

All my three brothers and sister went to St Johns School in the late forties and early fifties and the one name they all remembered was Sister Selia a Strict disciplinarian.

I regularly used to walk past St Johns School on my way to Brentford Swimming Baths in Clifden Road. I remember Mrs STEVENSON blowing her whistle and shouting 'everybody out' when she caught someone diving off the gallery.

On Friday nights we used to go to PINKIES pie and eel shop.

I was born in Brentford in 1941 at Alma House Flats Ealing road near the gas works and can still remember the pollution it emitted but everybody seemed to take it as normal.

Around 1943 our family moved to higher up the Ealing Road to the Council Estate the other side of the Great West Road due to bomb damage.

My dad and brothers and uncles used to drink at the Ealing Park Tavern, it was commonly known as the 'flies home' as during the summer the pub was black with flies due to the old sewerage works opposite.

I used to go to school with a Peter CLEMENTS one of the lighter-man family and one of my greatest disappointments was that my mum would not let me accompany him on the river trips he used to go on in the summer hols as my mum lost a brother overboard on a voyage to Canada from Ireland in the Twenties.

V1 Rocket Damage

A V1 Rocket hit 63 Clayponds Ave Brentford at 15.20 on the 12th July 1944 causing much damage including the house my family lived in at Ealing Road. The blast resulted in myself and sister being trapped in the rubble, luckily we here pulled out quickly unharmed, is there any information of this event?

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