Woolwich & Districts
From a child's perspective
On the bombsite
of what used to be 4 Ennis Road, some men showed up one day.
Since,after the bombing,we had moved into number 8, I suppose
I considered the bomb sight my playground, so I investigated.
One of the men I spoke to told me that it was his job to mend
the wall of number 8 that was damaged by the bomb,and after
that to mend some others houses up the road. I thought, HIS
JOB! Wow! that meant that he spent all day outdoors mending
houses. What a great job,-- outside all day! and I told him
that I thought that he had the best job in the world. He smiled,
a sad smile, and looked first at the bomb sight then down at
his bleeding hands. “No Mate” he said “You
don't want this job, there are better ones,” and then
he tousled my hair and went back to work.
It took me a few years of growing up to understand what he had