The photos are dated on the back by our mother.

I am John Clements, and my (4yrs older) sister is Diana Clements. Until April 1958 we lived at 23 Maidstone Road (first house past Thames Avenue) and walked to school together.

Di is the girl in the centre of the photo playing the recorder, and sixth from the left, back row, wearing the striped cardy in the class photo.

I am sat on the floor, front right in 1956, and fourth from left, front row, in 1957.

I have no idea who anybody else is in these photos. I do recall some Hungarian refugees living in the old prefabs on Maidstone Road, and being friends with a boy from there, who may be in the photo.

I have a lot of old family photos, most of which are unmarked so are of people and places that I cannot identify. If I find any more Rainham-related ones I'll send them over. My parents, Ivy and John lived there between 1938-58, and mum was an active Townswomans Guild member. She returned to live in Parkfield Road in 1972, where she lived until her death in 1989.

The recorder one, is Stephen Sykes as the conductor, Me(Diana Clements), then Geoffrey Hunter, Susan Hunt and I think the side view of Susan Vale. We were in the larger Huts opposite the playground, and the teacher was  Mrs Whitehead. I think, as she used to play the piano at assembly in the big hall where the other picture was taken


#1 Stephen Sykes 2020-04-30 08:06
Thank you for sharing these pictures. I was the conductor! We lived in Rainham (Broadview Avenue) from 1954 to 1964, while my father was working at the Dockyard. I was at the Camp School from 1954 to 1958. Although we were only in Rainham for 10 years, I still think of it as home, because I spent most of my childhood there.

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