names are. Top row left -right: Ron Thompson, Dave Morgan, Mike (chipper) Parsons, Roger Hatton, Chris (Dobbin) Poulson, FRONT ROW: Roger Marley, Steve Lee, Philip Western, Steve Blewett, Ernie Horler & Mike Gibson. photo courtesy of: the booking out PHG Pete Burnett
Picture of some Bristol messengers 1968, we had at that time about 80, some farmed out to TMO, the regional directors office various telecom offices and a few rural offices. I still keep in touch with a few who have left the service and still work with other still in the company . regards for a great future site
Hi Bill I was a messenger boy in the West Central area from 1955-1958 also. Most of my time I served at Leicester Sq B O, then for a short time at Kings Cross B O. I finished up at Dial House Shaftesbury Avenue. At 18 I went to the D O as a postman where I stayed for a further 30 years. Best wishes. Alan Kaill _________________ I was a telegram boy in the West Central area of London from 1955 - 1958.
Just registered to the site still trying to get the hang of this computer lark
I'm sure this site is destined to get much larger as more ex wags,or moppers as we were known down our way get to find out about this site,there must be thousands of us out there ie.lads who just did 2-3 years and left,as well as the likes of me who done 1959 to 1963 at Kingston-upon-Thames before going to New Malden where i still work for Royal Mail,but I can honestly say my time as a mopper even taking some of the rough times into account were the best.There must be a wealth of stories out there
This site is something that was needed,as it is a great way of recording part of the history of the Post Office somthing Royal Mail was quick to try and throw away during its mad rush to modernise in the 1980's as head postmasters districts were done away with or amalgamated,I know for a fact that old artifacts and doccuments ended up in rubbish skips.
I also believe it is a small part of the social history of this country and should be recorded.As you know there is quite a bit to be found about the working of the telegraph,but very little if anything about the lads at the sharp end,possibly because we were a very small cog in the big wheel of the system and often overlooked when it came to recording any postal history,and most of the people running Royal Mail now and people who write or do articles for the Courier were not even around in the days of the telegram.Anyway I'v'e babbled on enough for now,so keep up the good work,and all the best to one old wag from one old mopper.
HI ROGER,IWAS A MESSENGER AT 15 YERS OLD STRAIGHT FROM SCHOOL,I STARTED AS A PEDAL BOY IN ABOUT 1951 AT FINSBURY PARK LONDON,AND AT 16 WENT ON MOTOR BIKES (250 BSAs AND LATER ON BANTAMS.I WORKED AT A FEW LONDON OFFICES HOLLOWAY-SOUTH TOTTENHAM-SOUTHGATE. AND WOOD GREEN AND THEN WENT ON TO BE A POSTMAN/DRIVER,AND FINISHED UP WITH 50 YEARS SERVICE,MY MESSENGER DAYS WERE SOME OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE,I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN THE KING DIED AND THE BIKES WENT IN TO HAVE E R PUT ON THE TANK,THE SITE IS REALLY GOOD,AND IWISH YOU ALL THE BEST, JOHN ps MESSENGERS WERE FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON CALLED MERGERS AND WE HAD MANY OTHER SAYINGS,(WASSING) WAS MEETING UP WITH ANOTHER BOY AND RIDING ROUND TOGETHER,(DOSSING)WAS THE ART OF HIDING OUT SO SOMEBODY ELSE WENT OUT AGAIN BEFORE YOU AND IF YOU COPPED THE LAST TELEGRAM OF THE DAY IT WAS(CLICKING THE CLOSE) HAPPY DAYS
Hello all, I was a telegram boy in east london back in 1955. I am still friends with two "boys" who I worked with back then -one of them even has a 1955 BSA bantam. I saw your article in the courier, and Imust say I had not heard of the term wags (was it a midlands term?) here in London we were known as mergo's Are there any other boys out there from London? By the way in 1957 I had my picture taken by the GPO and put in the courier (or the post office magazine as it was then) Although I was always called Dave my name is Bruce Davidson. Best regards