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.
21 Taunton Ave,