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My Schooldays At Tilbury - a Memory of Tilbury.

I remember my school days at Tilbury where I started school in 1934 at the Roman Catholic School in Calcutta Road and left in 1944 just a year before the end of the second world war

In 1947, I was called up for National Service and during the last year of my service I was transferred to the war office in London where I lived during that time and never returned to Tilbury. It was in London that I met my future wife and had 6 children and we eventually moved to Bury St Edmund in Suffolk where we still live.

It was just a few weeks ago that my sister passed away (Kitty) in Tilbury she was 84. We went to her funeral. And was surprised to see how lovely St Marys Church looked after all those years but having looked around Tilbury after the funeral. I was shocked to see how run down most of the town looked.

Most of the shops were shuttered up and the place looked derelict, I suppose this could be because of unemployment over the years amongst other things and I am so glad that I don't live there now.

It seems to me that many areas should be knocked down and rebuilt to make the town looking nice again as it used to be before the war

John Ryan


A memory shared by John Ryan on Mar 26th, 2015. Send John Ryan a message

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