Boy, am I running late today (blood test this morning and CT scan this afternoon so a very busy day, had to drink lots of water before and after CT scan). Had to quickly find a photo that could possibly be of interest to people.
This is a snap I found taken ca 1940. Grandfather had written on the back "The beehinve shelter at Dalbrack, Stanmore.
It was apparently a special air raid shelter in "Dalbrack" in Gordon Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex, London, England which appears was the premises of The London and Colonial Bank Limited of which grandfather, Percy Rockliff, was a secretary. He sent the photo to my mum many years ago (probably in the 1940s). P.R. (as he was always known) actually lived at 7 Devonshire Place, Eastbourne in Sussex. The shelter was built to house important documents to keep them safe in case of air raids. I have found a list of 5 other persons also involved in this particular enterprise. Seems I'll have to do some more 'digging' to find out exactly what it was all about.
There is a lot of interesting information about P.R. to be found on the internet. His name appears in Who's Who. I may try and find out some more information and do a post on this man whom I never met. When I was a child he used to send me an English pound every Christmas and I so enjoyed going into the big Commonwealth Bank in Perth where I would go up to the foreign exchange counter and usually receive about twenty five shillings Australian. The exchange rate these days rather works the other way....my, how things have changed.