Moved to Benfleet in 1920 aged nine months.
Doug went to two prep Schools the first one in the High Road the second in Crescent Road, until 1926 when the New Benfleet School open, where he stayed until he passed a Scholarship at 14 years to the Commercial College in Southend.
First Head Master Mr Donald Smith until he retired the second Head Master Mr Freeman who during his time at the School set up a choir and took a group of children to the Isle of Wight.
Everyone had a nickname including the teachers. There was a punishment book; every time a teacher caned you, your name went in the book.
On the fields at the back of the School, we played cricket and rugby when Mr Evens became a teacher at the School.
Doug tells about the village with no sewers or electric light, very little for children to do other than joining cubs, scouts and rovers.
If you would like to hear what Doug said click on the recording under the picture of the School