Boston War Garrison

A Memory of Boston

Boston was a war garrison in the war, It was an exciting time for teenagers growing up, Different Regiments was billeted all round the town, we collected army badges from the men; I had a tin full. The airforce used to drill in a morning in Liquorpond Street. War games were played in the streets, the make believe wounded had notes pinned to them to say what injuries they had.
The airborne used to practice in a Glider that was in Towels Timber yard. I watched them fly over when they went to Arnhem; being towed by Dakota's. Some of them had been billeted in the big house at the top of Oxford Street.
The old park had dozens of Nissan huts built for Army and Airforce. I went on the Dock one time; It was full of Landing Craft; it was out of bounds, I went with my father in His Lorry. Another of our interest was collecting foreign coins and shrapnel.
On the dock there where Barrage Balloons, sometimes they broke loose. they would rise high in the sky till they burst. Pill boxes was built all over the place. On Mount Bridge there was one; it had on it a painting of the back of a car on it , at a distance you thought it was a car.

A memory shared by Bob Marriott , on Dec 10th, 2012.

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