Memories of a Morden Lad 1932-1957, by Ronald Read
Booklet published by the Merton Historical Society in 2010, 70 pages. A4 size booklet (N5831)
In this booklet the author provides a fascinating account of living and growing up in Morden in South London, a period that included the Second World War.
From the opening paragraphs: I was bom in Walworth, London, in 1927, ina very old tenement block, run down and mostly bug ridden. Whether or not we had bugs in our flat I don't know. I can remember my mother calling bugs 'Steam Tugs'; she had a wide vocabulary of rhyming slang which she often used in her everyday conversation. I was something of a surprise to my mother; at forty she thought she was finished with rearing children. Now, in my old age, I am attempting to write about some of the events in my life, as far as my memory allows.
I was one off our children, having two brothers and a sister. Our births were spaced out over fifteen years, with my sister being the eldest, followed by my eldest brother two years later, and then a gap of eight years to my other brother; the first world war would account for four of those years (when my father was serving in the trenches in France) so perhaps that other brother was, like me, unexpected. I came along five years later....
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs and blemishes, and a small crease along the left hand edge, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.