Thursday, 9 April 2009

Just in case we ever forget

Do you remember this?
It was 65 years ago and I was only about 17 months old and lived further up the road on Cuckoo Avenue when this tragedy happened.

1.) July 1944, photo of V-1 Bomb damage on Cuckoo Avenue, near Kennedy Road.
One person killed, five seriously injured and some slightly injured.

Or maybe you remember this,
or you went shopping in Ealing on this awful Monday?

2.) Early hours of a Monday morning July 3rd. 1944,
photo of John Sanders, High Street, Ealing Broadway, V-1 Bomb damage.

Or maybe you spent a Saturday night up the West End and slept on an underground tube station platform?

3.) London tube staions were used as bomb shelters.


jim davis said...

When you look back at the hammering the Uk took from German Bombing, night after night, day after day.How Muslim radicals could think their cowardly acts would break our spirit, they must be as thick as two short planks.Whilst I am on this subject,the next bit is said very much tongue in cheek, though I would go for it. I would love the Americans and the Uk to share this as our national anthem. Not forgetting the Aussies of course. Merle Haggard wrote this song about thirty years ago, and it is more relevant now than it was back then. Merle Haggard The Fighting Side Of Me.Perhaps you lot over the pond can tell explain, does this make me a Redneck?

John Corsham said...

Hi Tom,
I remember the night cuckoo ave got hit,we lived at the top end of Laurie Road and all our windows were blown in.I remember collecting shrapnel the next day.
The person that died that night was one of the Banham boys.

effo said...

Jim, I have always thought that the British National Anthem, "God save the queen" was a bit daft, I think "There will always be and England" to be more patriotic and get's our point across to those that try to take away our freedom.
You must admit that the present national anthem does not bring about the same emotion as the Star Spangled Banner does. (and wasn't that written in response to America's war with Britain?) The song "God Bless America, is also one that can bring tears to the eye's.
How about the Brit's getting together and making a change? I can name a few substitutes
Land of Hope and Glory for one.
How about some other suggestions from you lot!

John B said...

Happy Easter!

My brother in England tells me that in this months (April) issue of the Best of British there is a letter commenting on Del's article by I think a Mr.? Marshall or Mathews?
It mentions the bombed house on Templeman and that according to this article that a German woman lived in the house and she would signal the German planes at night with a flashlite(torch) to inform them that the anti aircraft gun was patrolling the railway tracks. she apparantly died in the bombing of the house.
not sure if this is true but if you get the magazine watch out for the article/letter.
Cheers JohnB.

Eff. said...

Thanks for that John. I ordered the magazine, went on line to do it and the order didn't go through. Have no idea why. I was greatly disappointed as I wanted it so badly. Maybe Tom can copy that part of the issue and post it on the web site for us all to read.
By the way there was a kid on our path Geophrey (sorry I cant spell it the English way) Mathews that found an incendary (cant spell that either) bomb over by Drayton Manor and brough it back to his house and put it on the kitchen table. Mrs. Mathews had a royal fit and called out Dad's army to come and dispose of it. This was according to a story told me by Fran Pocknee.

tags said...

Hi Eff,
Here is my suggestion for a different National Anthem...but I'm not sure what music we could add to it.


This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This prescious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England...

---William Shakespeare. Richard II. Act II, Scene 2.

Tommy said...

Hi Jim,yes that makes you a Redneck.All you need now is a Chevy pick up truck and a rifle rack with a couple of Winchesters in the rear view window,also a scruffy dog would help.Plus a cowboy hat to stick on your head.I live in the West.We have them all over the place.

jim davis said...

Thanks Tom I know little about rednecks except you know where their loyalties lie, and what you see is what you get. That is fine by me, better folk like that, than those who say one thing and mean another.

Anonymous said...

I remember when this house was being rebuilt.We would wait for the workmen to leave & jump from the second floor onto a huge pile of bricklayers sand.It was great fun & I dont think anyone was hurt