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Quarry Bank delivery nearly went down like a bomb

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Messenger boy G.C. Bullock gets on his bike

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HAVING read The Bugle (August 22 edition) re messenger boys, I thought I'd add my two penn'orth.

I left school in 1940 at the age of 14 to start work at Brierley Hill Post Office. Each Sunday morning a telegram was sent to the fishmonger in Quarry Bank. My usual way was via allotments to approach the High Street from Saltwells End. Going up the entry I had difficulty opening the gate. With a shove I managed to enter! It was then I saw the obstruction hanging from the chimney, a parachute with a landmine attached.

I didn't hang about. At the top of the High Street were the bomb disposal squad and police. First words: "Where the ---- have you come from?"

It seems most of the High Street had been moved.

Having transferred later to Stourbridge P.O. I had the problem with letters saying: "I am sorry to inform you etc."

In 1942 my parents received one. My brother had been killed at Tobruk.

I joined the P.O. Home Guard until I was called up at 20.

I retired at 60 after 46 years and I also have the L.S.M.

G.C. Bullock,

21 Taunton Ave,


01902 782488

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