Doreen Bartlett nee Honour
Moved to Benfleet in 1939 aged 3 years,
Doreen started at Benfleet Primary School in 1941. Often during the War years they would have lessons in the air raid shelter.
When the time came to go to King John School, they had not finished enough of the classrooms for their year to occupy so for a time they were bussed up to Hadleigh to St James Church Hall, which had previously been a Church School, they knew it as the Morgue school!
Their teachers went with them so they could cover most of the school curriculum. One time they had to abandon the school as the fumes from the heating boiler were making the children ill, they had to go home until they acquired new heaters.
King John School was a progressive school, Doreen and other children helped to show many visitors around who came to see how the school was working. They cooked meals and invited teacher to eat with them. When they were in their last year if they were going into office work, they helped in the school office answering the phone and other office duties.