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Jack Rump and Bill Cutts 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Left to right: Jack Rump and Bill Cutts (friend). War-time drivers. Jack Rump recalls: “ This is when I was on the coaches. I used to have to take the wounded, all soldiers and sailors - but mostly sailors when they were home on leave. The big coach was commandeered by the government. When a doodle bug was dropped, or a bomb, and caused a lot of damage to private houses, well, I used to have to take them in that coach and some equipment and a lorry would follow me, that's the one with the tarpaulins, to put over the windows and roofs in the war. Sometimes it would be the Pioneer Corps I would pick up, but nearly always sailors, because they had to go and do repairs to what they called “an incident”. I used to do a lot of houses all over Lewisham... and that was while the bombs were dropping”. by J. A. Rump