World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                           Gordon Hill 

A Messenger Boy

By Actiondesk Sheffield

People in story: Gordon Hill, Frank Hill, Otto Mountcastle, Joe Curtis, Anderson Brothers, Fred Jow, Edwin Keeton, Miss Ward.
Location of story: Woodhouse, Sheffield.
Unit name: Civil Defence
Background to story: Civilian Force

 

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Julie Turner of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Gordon Hill.

Title: A Messenger Boy

Names of People in Story: Gordon Hill, Frank Hill, Otto Mountcastle, Joe Curtis, Anderson Brothers, Fred Jow, Edwin Keeton, Miss Ward.

Location; Woodhouse, Sheffield.


When the War started in 1939 I was 8yrs old. At the age of 11 – 14yrs I was a messenger boy for the Civil Defence at Woodhouse. The areas that I covered were between Woodhouse Mill and Normanton Springs, which I covered riding a bicycle.

They were Normanton Springs Chapel, (Wardens Post), Woodhouse West School, Sheffield Road (Home Guard). A small building near Endowed School Room, Tannery Street (Rescue), Fire Station, Cross Street (it is now Lloyds TSB). This station later moved to Market Street, Woodhouse, East School, Station Road. The infants was converted into a Hospital where there was a small team of nurses.
Miss Ward was a Nursing Sister, in charge of the first aid team. The Police Station, Station Road (where the siren was mounted), Co-operative Hall, Furnace Lane, Woodhouse Mill, the (Home Guard). The final one was (Warden Post) Retford Road, Woodhouse Hill.

I had to deliver messages from Station Road H.Q. to all the posts mentioned. My father, Frank Hill was a Section Leader in the rescue, his second in command was Otto Mountcastle, other members of the team were Joe Curtis who was on the Sheffield Council and also a guard on the railway. Anderson Brothers, Fred Jow, Edwin H. Keeton (local undertaker) was an ambulance driver for the first aid.

When I was 18 in 1949 I was called up for the army. I was in the K.O.Y.L1 and served in Malaya for 2 years during the emergency. I am now a standard bearer for the K.O.Y.L.1 Association (Sheffield).