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General Discussion / Re: Wartime Downham
« on: April 24, 2008, 11:23:46 PM »
Hi Derek nice to hear from you and to know that you spoke to Keith before he left us. I always have difficulty remembering names, always have had, makes me feel very guilty at times.
Not only in my seventies, next year god willing it will be eighties, been retired 23 yrs now, have so many things to do donít know how I found time to work. Retired at 55 from the fire service after 30 yrs service.
I believe both you and Keith were right to emigrate to Australia itís a great place I have visited 3 times 85,95 & 2005 most of my relations are there. My late wifeís sister Yvonne Young knee Smith lives in port norlunga nr Adelaide she is good musically with the squeeze box and they have great sessions in a local pub.
Hope you have more rain soon we have had hail and rain several times today and we have been trying to finish a garden pond. Had to pump it out for the cement to dry.
Must finish now this seems more of a personal letter than something of interest to other downhamites. Lets hope they also find something worth responding to.
Regards to all Tony

General Discussion / Wartime Downham
« on: April 21, 2008, 11:57:49 PM »
Wartime Downham

If you open google earth and look at Goudhurst Rd at the centre by elmscot road you can see the colours of the roofs change. Its my belief that this shows where the buildings were demolished by the doodle bug that fell to the right side elmscot road.
   We that is my brother Keith and derick Durrent (Now living in Adelaide
Australia) and others played on this large bomb site building huts out of parts of Anderson shelters one of which was two storey which collapsed to great merriment whilst we were in it. We also fired rockets through reclaimed water pipe at each other in mock battles. Fortunately no one was injured. So much for Elf & Safety.
   Further to the right on the north side of Goudhurst rd is another discoloured roof were a bomb had dropped earlier than the doodle bug. We fortunately were in our shelter asleep.
I lived at 57Goudhurst rd north side just left of elmscot road and while laying in our shelter in the back garden was kept wake at times by a mobile anti aircraft gun positioned at the top of Elmscot road.
This should get us olduns talking..regards all Tony.

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