This letter has come about because of a conversation with a stallholder at our local market whose family originated from the Hounslow area.
He is middle-aged so his knowledge of the area in 1944/5 was somewhat limited.
My interest is as follows. In August 1944, aged 18, I was posted as a young and innocent member of the Royal Army Service Corps to a food supply depot in Syon Lane - part of the Macfarlane Lane biscuit factory.
At the junction with the Great West Road was the Gillette factory, King Gillette being prominently displayed.
He told me this was now a listed building as an example of Art Deco architecture.
At the opposite corner of the junction there used to be a transport cafe called The Better 'Ole, after the famous cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfather about an old Tommy, Old Bill, in a shellhole in the Great War, a large copy of which was painted on the wall.
When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to find we were to be billeted with local families.
My first billet was with an old lady in Windsor Drive and for the first time in my life I not only had a bed of my own but a bedroom, a bathroom and indoor WC.
I was used to sharing with two older brothers and using an outside WC. It was heaven.
After a few months I was sent on a course and on my return to the depot I was billeted with a very kind family in Spring Grove Road, Hounslow, Mr and Mrs Sid
Wheatley and daughter Kath - who I last saw in 1951 when visiting the Festival of Britain.
They later moved to South Wales and I corresponded with them for some years until they died.
Before reporting for duty we used to call into the Better 'Ole for a tea and a wad (sandwich), which brings me at last to the purpose of this letter.
Does anyone still remember this cafe and how long it existed?
The second episode I remember was a V1 bomb falling on a factory unit in the Great West Road, which shook our building some time between September 1944 and May 1945.
There were no reports of this, although there were casualties, and I wondered if anyone has produced a local historypublication of the area which might contain some information.
E WILDON Romney Avenue, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme.