Just recently, I was thinking back to my young days watching trains at Laindon Station and remembered a gentleman with wooden legs who always wore a black beret and sold evening papers. My now late parents always called the man ‘Peg-Leg’ yet we never knew his real name. Does anybody else on here remember the gent please?

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  • I remember ” peg leg ” he also used to get about in a wheelchair type contraption which he controlled with his hands, almost like a bike chain attached to a steering column…. !

    By Margaret Read ( nee Wilson ) (17/02/2020)
  • I remember ‘Peg Leg’ – seemed always around Laindon Hotel area – I always looked at the bottom of his trousers which flapped as he walked on the wooden, rounded stumps. I was told that he was Arthur Stopher’s Dad (not sure of surname spelling).

    By Andrea Ash (21/12/2018)
  • Thank you Nina for the info. I will look it up. Bless you. I also have Joan’s book, so will re-read it.

    By Brian Baylis (17/03/2018)
  • Brian. ‘Peg-Leg’ is mentioned elsewhere on this website. In his article entitled ‘When “Youth Service” came to Laindon’, John Bathurst refers to Joan Sim’s autobiography wherein she mentions ‘Peg-Leg’ whom she assumed had been injured in the war. John Bathurst tells the true story. It is well worth reading. His real name was Harry Stopher and he lived in Durham Road, Laindon.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (12/03/2018)

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