Dad Invented The Word 'gertcha'. - a Memory of Crouch End.

We moved from Steed Road Huswell Hill, where i was born,to Northview Road N8 in 1938.
Jumping to 1941 Mum, Dad, brother Bill and me lived at the bottom end opposite, Southview Road. A stick of bombs dropped on our end of Southview Road kill many people. Our ground floor flat was damaged with the whole front of the place blown into the street. We were all ok, lady upstairs had a heart attack.
We moved up the road to number, 137. Just before Christmas 1942 a news bulletin reported the
Submarine P222 was missing, she was 48 hours late arriving in Alexandria. My brother Jack Finn was asdic listener aboard, having only married the week before whilst on leave. It was later reported sunk 6 miles south east off the Isle of Capri. A loss my mother never recovered from.
Although sad memories of that magnitude return from time to time, my life was one of, good mates, sound parents and mostly happy memories of school. Campsbourne Primary, Crouch End secondary modern.
Ally Pally everyones play ground. Priory Park climbing the fountain in the smog, with the old bill with useless torches shouting, 'I know who you are, just wait' answered with a shower of pebbles. Joined the army regular, 11 August 1953 along with me mate, Brian (Arthur) Haynes.
Names come tumbling back, Mully, Newton, Spendiff, Field's,, Wills, Alan Poulter and his brothers, we were in the TA Band, fife and drums together. Their father, Harry, was the Drum Major and caretaker of the drill hall at the end of Nightingale Lane.
Brian Finn



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 Comments & Feedback

Mon May 29th 2017, at 8:47 pm
Alan Carter commented:
Hi,Brian,
Your stories of crouch end bring back many memories,I was born in 1940 so a little bit after you but I went to C/E secondry modern.One of my classmates was Ronnie Poulter,brother of Alan and,I supplied band parts to him in 1955 as I worked for a printers that specialized in sheet music.(Randall & Saunders of Muswell Hill) I was also in the Boys Brigade at the drill hall.
Hope you are keeping well and look forward to more memories when you have time.
Alan Carter
Mon May 29th 2017, at 7:47 pm
Alan Carter commented:
Hi,Brian,
Your stories of crouch end bring back many memories,I was born in 1940 so a little bit after you but I went to C/E secondry modern.One of my classmates was Ronnie Poulter,brother of Alan and,I supplied band parts to him in 1955 as I worked for a printers that specialized in sheet music.(Randall & Saunders of Muswell Hill) I was also in the Boys Brigade at the drill hall.
Hope you are keeping well and look forward to more memories when you have time.
Alan Carter

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