Goodmayes 82-year-old publishes recollections of the Second World War

A grandfather has written a book about his experiences as a 14-year-old boy working as a roofer while rockets were falling from the sky during the Second World War.

John Barfoot, 82, of Ilfracombe Gardens, Goodmayes, is a passionate local historian and has written three books focusing on Ilford during the war years.

Mr Barfoot said: “I’m pleased with it, I could write another story about getting the book published.”

The book, titled Memoirs of a Little Blighter, covers his experiences during the Second World War and what the Ilford area used to be like.

He said: “You don’t get many books about children in the war. When I left school in 1944 it was just in time for the rockets to start falling. It’s different from what the children have, and expect, today.”

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Copies of the book, which was published earlier this month, are available from

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