Wartime Memories of Dick Moore

When and where, were you born?

4th November 1942 – Hertford, Herts

Tell me about your parents? What did your father do?

My father was born in 1894 in Hatfield, Herts and lived & worked on the Hatfield  House Estate until his early 20s.  He was a carpenter & joiner.

My mother was born in 1894 in Clapham and trained as a midwife.

She had me when she was 48!

Did your father serve in the First World War?

My father was a reserved occupation and built Vickers Vimi bombers in Crayford, Kent throughout the war.

Did you have brothers and sisters? And if so, where in the pecking order did you come?

I have an elder brother, Tony, who was born in 1933 and I have asked him whether he is interested in providing his wartime recollections for WarGen.

Did you have a happy childhood?

Yes – Except that the 10 year age difference to my brother meant I was effectively an only child.

What was it like growing up where you did?

Hertford was a shire market town and was not really affected by the war, except for a V1 ‘Doodlebug’ exploding 100 yards from where we lived on 2nd July 1944. 

In my parent’s bedroom there was a large window at the bottom of their bed.  My mother told me that I had been in bed with my father, got out and started to walk round the end of the bed just as the V1’s engine stopped.  As I got round to my mother’s side of the bed, she rolled out of bed on top of me just as the blast shattered the widow where I had been 2 seconds before.  The only injuries were glass cuts to my father’s face.

Did any of your family join the Home Guard?

My father joined the ARP and undertook ‘fire watching duties.

Thankyou to Dick Moore for answering the questions.

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  1. I was born in 1934 and remember exactly where i was when war broke out. I was the second eldest of seven children and Dad was in a reserved occupation working at English Electric.
    My memories are all local to Stafford including the one and only bomb dropped on the EEC factory in Stafford by a returning German bomber.
    I remember the blackout, removing the iron railings and building blast walls. I recall the rationing offend such as cheese, butter, meats etc. as well as sweets and clothing as well as limited news in the newspapers and newsreels, things like weather forecasts and road signposts were discussed at school for old newspapers.
    I would be glad to cooperate with you if you think it would be of interest..

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