A NOTE from New Zealand to say thank you so very much for the copy of The Bugle that you sent to me by arrangement with Mrs Judith Stephens of Newport.
It arrived safe and sound and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
I note more news from Smethwick and West Brom in this edition, my old stamping ground.
I was born in the Sandwell Nursing Home on the Birmingham Road. not far from the boundary with Warwickshire, and Diagonally opposite the Baggies ground.
This happened in a hurry, on January 29, 1932, when my Father got my Mother to the Nursing Home only just in time, in the side car of his motorbike!
From there we lived in Hugh Road, Smethwick, until the Second World War was under way when we moved to the family shop in Spon Lane, West Bromwich, and my Grand mother, who kept the shop, took over our Smethwick house. There I stayed until 1947 when I joined the Royal Navy as a 15-year-old Boy Seaman 2nd Class.
John Roger Carter,