Reg Weaver

Recollections of childhood memories of wartime London.

‘I can remember the river being alight...[Y]ou could see it from miles around the river.'

Childhood memories of war

Born in July 1939, Reg was only a baby at the outbreak of war. He was living with his parents in Woolwich. The most vivid memories Reg have are of air raids. He recalls how the family were required to move house twice during the war as a result of bomb damage. The heavy air raids over London left a deep imprint on Reg’s memory:

‘I can remember the river being alight...[Y]ou could see it from miles around the river. From one end of here right up to past Greenwich there it was all alight, the wharves, timber wharves, things like that.’

Reg was never evacuated but stayed with his mother and father in Woolwich for the duration of the war.  

This page was added by Malin Lundin on 23/02/2012.

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