Woolwich & Districts
by Derek Crompton.
I went to Conway
School (1957-1963) and then to Bloomfield
My Plumstead roots are on my mothers BOWDEN family, originally
from Devon in the mid 1800's.
Road Coronation Street Party (1937) The Photograph was taken
by S. PAINE. of 2a Brewery Road, Plumstead.
My uncle Dennis BOWDEN is the third in from right front row
with the school cap (Conway). Do not know any of the others.
My grandfather lived there before moving to Piedmont Road.
(the only one I know in the picture) died in 1956 in Kenya.
I have not got his Conway School photos.
taken on a day visit to my uncle, Dennis Bowden, whilst he was
on school evacuation in Kent at the start of WW2. Notice the
gas mask boxes.
my mother Ivy took Dennis down to Cornwall. Their mother followed.
But my grandfather stayed in Plumstead throughout the war. He
also refused to have an air raid shelter. He left later on for
Cornwall in the 1950's. He used to work in the Royal Arsenal
before retiring. I was too young to remember him.
DB sitting crossed legged. Others unknown
DB one without
the stick. Other unknown
DB standing behind girl. The woman with hat is his mother Alice
Bowden nee JOHNSON. Others unknown.