The local history society for the Leyton & Leytonstone area of east London

An appeal for memories of Church Road, Leyton late 1930s to 1940

Nigel Hammond says :

“My Dad Bernard Hammond spent his early childhood in Leyton (121 Church Road) but this came to abrupt end in 1940 when his entire family were killed in the blitz leaving him as the only survivor aged 9. He was moved to another part of London to be looked after by with relatives. Anyway, he is now in his eighties and wants to know as much as he can about life before that dreadful event in Leyton, particularly Church Road. Here are the only photos he has of Church Road, Leyton before the blitz. Can any one share photos of that time or memories? My Dad does not do Facebook but I will show him whatever comes back. Here is a photo [top right] of his two older sisters with a friend Violet Hammond on the left and Mary Hammond on the right on church road. No idea who the young man was

This picture [top left] was taken early 1930s I think. It's my Dad's older brother William Hammond with another, a younger boy.

Nigel Hammond Another one of my Dad's older brother [lower photo above] - this is the shop the family ran at 121 Church Road which used to charge batteries for people - would have been late 30's, possibly early 1940.”