Langdon Hills & Laindon Schools.
War Years Education.
Teachers at Langdon Hills School; Mrs Jones, Mrs Baker, Mrs Hill, Miss O’Brien and Mr Taylor, a good shot at the ear with chalk! Mr Wilkinson, Mr Hall and Mr Bennet were called up to RAF and these were replacement retired teachers. Mr Taylor and Mr Hall had their children evacuated to Australia, this must have been upsetting for them. Two large brick shelters were built in the grounds and we had many exercise drills with gas masks in and out of shelters. On many occasions incendiary bombs landed on the school and playground; memories of teachers with stirrup pumps trying to put them out, we thought it was fun but were soon to find out otherwise.
Laindon High Road School; Mr Radford, head teacher, Miss Jollyman, head mistress. I then passed on to Chelmsford Tech and had to avoid Doodlebugs and Rockets, diving into hedges when playing hockey. The swimming pool was bombed and I never learnt to swim until I was 30, how we received any education I shall never know. Cookery day; the items were shared by the boys on the bus coming home, names Tommy Monk, John Pepperell and others. So we did have fun amongst the war actions. We used to pass the Italian P of War when marching to work at Galleywood, we felt sorry for them.