Early Life in Laindon 1940 to 1947. Part 1.

Wartime Memories

By Beryl Mallett

With the advent of VE Day I have memories of that day at Markham's Chase Primary School when I was in reception class and Janet Duke was the Head Teacher.

My father had nailed a fabric Union Jack to a pole for me to carry in the parade. I was rather aggrieved when my flag was given to a boy to carry and I was given a bamboo stick with a paper, homemade flag on it!  We all marched round the grounds of the school.

At some point, ratings in naval uniform came to school to distribute bananas, the first I had ever seen. On another occasion we were required to take an empty tin to school and we were given cocoa powder.

This page was added by Beryl Mallett on 05/05/2015.
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I do remember taking in the tin for cocoa powder (Langdon Hills Primary) and there not being much left by the time I got home. Yes, I was in trouble. I also remember my mother teaching me how to peel a banana.

By Gerald Jones
On 05/05/2015