TWO brothers have shared a walk down memory lane by recreating the moment they first arrived at West Drayton station to begin life in Yiewsley in 1925.
Louis Robert Early, 93, known as Bob, and George Early, 90, met up at the station to remember the night they arrived in Yiewsley after a 3,000 mile trip from Canada.
The brothers, who were born in London, moved to Canada in the early 1920s to start a new adventure.
Their father George Albert Early, who had served in the First World War, hoped the move would mean a better life for his family.
The brothers briefly recall boarding the SS Veedic from either Southampton or Liverpool and the long trip across the ocean to Quebec.
Mr Early said: “Apparently there were many celebrities aboard the Veedic on our outward journey, but of course I was far too young to know anything like that.”
He added: “Although in recent years I have found out that the film star, Jesse Matthews, was a fellow passenger on the SS Veedic on that same journey with us.”
After arriving in Canada they took a long train journey to their new home in Renwer, where the family settled on their uncle’s ranch.
They lived in what they called the ‘Wild West’ but the family decided to leave the ranch after just a year, to move to a small town called Dauphin.
The family eventually decided to move back to England in 1925 but, under Canadian regulations, expats were discouraged from returning home.
But their father signed as a member of the crew on a cattle boat going back to England in hope that his family would be sent back to London by the authorities.
Bob recalls the night his mother Charlotte and her eight children arrived in West Drayton and took the steps down and past the booking office.
He said: “We walked out of the station road and turned right, and were now in Yiewsley, there were no other people about as we went over the canal bridge passing Rudlines shop and Johnson’s Wax works on our left.
“All was very quiet apart from the hissing of the street gas lamp near the bridge.
“All the other street lamps were unlit in the High Street.
“We went past St Matthew’s Church on our left and opposite was Fairfield Road with the town hall on the corner, then past the Marlborough Cinema on the corner of St Stephen’s Road.
“A little further along we past the old Methodist Chapel on the right and a bit further on was 95 High Street, our home, on the left, opposite The George and Dragon pub.”
He added: “It is a strange thing, lots of it I remember.
“I had picked up a Canadian accent.”
Bob, who is a poet and author, now lives near Reading, and George, a musician, in Brighton.
Bob said of the pair’s nostalgic look back at yesteryear: “It went very well.
“We had a wheelchair in the car in case we needed it, but both of us got on fine without it.
“Neither of us can see much now, but we could recognise the station as it had hardly changed at all.
“It was lovely to see it one last time.”