Ken Harrison - Jobsworth - Peace In Our Time

Childhood - From birth I always knew
I would be a drummer, but..........Southampton in the 1940s

Grandma Booth
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In this chapter, on page 9 readers will find an old sepia photograph of my even older grandmother. The picture was badly damaged, so I decided to repair it, before inserting it into the book.

If any readers own similarly distressed photographs, you can repair them yourself using the "Paint" programme in your computer. Just cut and paste small nearby undamaged bits and place them over the damaged area, using your "Clone" tool.

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The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary
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The RMS Queen Mary, on her return from a record breaking maiden voyage to New-York. This is how she looked to me, the day my mother wheeled me along to the docks to meet my father and to be given a conducted tour of the ship.

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German Bombers over Southampton

A selection of pictures from my bomb ravaged childhood
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A selection of pictures from my bomb ravaged childhood. We climbed out of our air-raid shelter every morning and gazed grief-stricken at our neighbour's demolished homes...
It was only a matter of time...

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Enjoying a well-earned bit of luxury
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I was fascinated.
Whenever the 'grown-ups' were not looking, I'd sneak up as close as I could and watch, as rescue workers and volunteers brought out the dead and injured.
They were loaded into any vehicle that was available: cars, vans, trucks... I even spotted a motor-bike & sidecar carting the 'walking wounded' off!
Smiling grimly and sardonically to myself, I remember thinking that people who get themselves loaded into an ambulance were "Enjoying a well-earned bit of luxury."

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More of the 1940's madness
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More of the 1940's madness & mayhem - plus a photograph of Winston Churchill and his missus visiting the remains of the destroyed city. However, it's the bomb-damage we're interested in, not the politicians behind it.

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this particular shot makes a very dramatic picture
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Actually, this particular shot makes a very dramatic picture. If I were the cameraman, I would be very proud of this one!

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Ruined Holy Rood Church
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More 1940s madness:

Another bomb-site, a ruined church, and visit to the stricken sea-port by 'HM King George VI.'
As usual he was accompanied by a string of highly placed dignitaries. (one can only suppose they were doing their best)

Oh by the way, the ruined church was named, 'Holy Rood' and was never rebuilt.
Instead, it was preserved in it's ruined state as a permanent memorial to allied seafarers lost during the conflict. Something like that, anyway.
In spite of the destruction, parishioners continued to pray among the ruins - and if you click on this thumbnail, you'll see them defiantly doing so.

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I wandered the streets looking for shrapnel
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Among scenes like this, I wandered the streets looking for shrapnel and was often screamed at by firemen and volunteers life-savers.
 "OI! Fuck off out of it, you stupid little prick! Can't you see these building are likely to collapse at any moment! Go on, piss off home!"
Needless to say, I pissed off home...

These pictures were first published in the 'Southern Daily
Echo' during the 1940s and were reproduced in a Pictorial
History Of Southampton, circa  24th June, 1994

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Lollypops galore! When the war ended, young children were treated to many things they'd never before tasted. A favourite trick was to give a child a banana, then sit back and wait to see what it did with it.
 I was a little older and not to be  fooled, I remembered very clearly what a banana was and quickly demolished mine.

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post-war Southampton school-children frolicking in newly re-opened Southampton Lido
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As you can see, this is a picture of my peer-group, post-war Southampton school-children frolicking in newly re-opened Southampton Lido (public swimming pool)
In the book, I describe (among her many failings) my mother's inability to afford her child the safety-net of being taught how to swim.

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