Trucks and Carriages
I vividly remember the increased traffic of trucks and trains rattling along at the end of our garden on the way to Southend Pier. The siding rail ended at our property and one night I woke up crying to mum “there’s a lot of men in our garden shouting” but it was troops in carriages shunted until a bit later on. All day trucks loaded with big tanks, guns vehicles etc. went past ready I think for D-Day, very frightening. During this period no one was allowed to travel by train without a special pass. As we had relatives in Pitsea and Wickford we got round this by bicycling through the woods over Primrose fields to exchange eggs, fruit etc. No telephones then! So we carried news as well. It was very noisy. Our neighbour was a ganger and he was in charge of laying fog warnings, so on occasions there were bangs at night and early morning but good old LMS kept going.