Hi Roger, just received the courier, and got your address. I was a telegram boy,started at Leicester Square in the centre of London WC in 1948 delivering to all the London stage doors and all the bookmakers in W1, great days, I then transferred to the SW Dist. and worked in Sth.Kensington and Chelsea when the Kings Road was a place to be. At the Sth.Ken Office we had 40 messenger boys and we rode push bikes. Leicester square we had to walk, it was considered to dangerous to ride in the west end of London. It was not long after the war when I joined so I did not have to carry a gas mask around with me. We had a drinking chocolate supplied by the USA called namco to supplement our food as rationing was still on. Moving on, I went from being a messenger to being renamed Young Postman. At 18, into the SWDO with a delivery in the Knightsbridge area, then National Service. 1950/52 I then went PHG and for ten years I supervised the Young Postmen in the House of Commons and I was a PSM at Sth Kensington. Yes I used to have the lads on parade each morning for an inspection to make sure they were clean and presentable Went into the Sth Kensington SDO as a Assistant Inspector, to SWDO as an Inspector, and the Chief Inspector SWDO. Managed to take early retirement in 1988 aged 56 and have been retired and enjoying every minute.
I remember you well, I retired 1992 from Nine Elms, my daughter who commenced in 1988 is still there although hanging on by her fingernails.Are you serious re your question? I have 3 youngsters serving Daughter, Son, Son in Law this is not the place for politics , but you and I would not last 5 mins the way they are treated today. Guvnors respected the staff, The staff respected the Guvnor,in our time The PO of today just reflects the Country as a whole. I'll leave it there.
Hi Derek> I was a mopper at Leicester Square in 1959-63 a wee bit later than you, but I couldnt agree more what a great place to be a mopper, my PSM was Mr Humphries and the governer upstairs was Mr Stellfox, On a Saturday I would help out in the merge dept in the next room. helping Paddy print the envelopes, On the same floor was the Cable & Wireless run by an ex scotch guardsman, I was skinned because I borrowed his push bike to deliver a merg to Conduit Street, skinned because we were not allowed to ride bikes as it was to dangerous. love to hear from you. maxie