When and where, were you born?
4th November 1942 – Hertford, Herts
Tell me about your parents? What did your father do?
My father was born in 1894 in Hatfield, Herts and lived & worked on the Hatfield House Estate until his early 20s. He was a carpenter & joiner.
My mother was born in 1894 in Clapham and trained as a midwife.
She had me when she was 48!
Did your father serve in the First World War?
My father was a reserved occupation and built Vickers Vimi bombers in Crayford, Kent throughout the war.
Did you have brothers and sisters? And if so, where in the pecking order did you come?
I have an elder brother, Tony, who was born in 1933 and I have asked him whether he is interested in providing his wartime recollections for WarGen.
Did you have a happy childhood?
Yes – Except that the 10 year age difference to my brother meant I was effectively an only child.
What was it like growing up where you did?
Hertford was a shire market town and was not really affected by the war, except for a V1 ‘Doodlebug’ exploding 100 yards from where we lived on 2nd July 1944.
In my parent’s bedroom there was a large window at the bottom of their bed. My mother told me that I had been in bed with my father, got out and started to walk round the end of the bed just as the V1’s engine stopped. As I got round to my mother’s side of the bed, she rolled out of bed on top of me just as the blast shattered the widow where I had been 2 seconds before. The only injuries were glass cuts to my father’s face.
Did any of your family join the Home Guard?
My father joined the ARP and undertook ‘fire watching duties.
Thankyou to Dick Moore for answering the questions.