First Bus Service

By kind permission of John King, Author

There had been no bus service to Grove Park hitherto but on 4 December the LGOC introduced a service from West Kilburn to Grove Park with the number 36A. Using B type buses, the service went via Lewisham, Brownhill Road, St Mildred’s Road, Birch Grove, Newstead Road, Burnt Ash Hill and Baring Road. The buses turned round outside the Baring Hall Hotel, but what is intriguing is that it is not known why the service was introduced during the war. It was probably related to the presence of the ASC in Grove Park, especially as the LGOC depot at Wilton Road, Victoria, was involved in instructing drivers from Grove Park.

On a different note was a wedding on 9 December between Harold Anderson, a solicitor who had enlisted, and Violet Jackson of Amblecote Road. This was followed by one between Corporal Frederick Fox, ASC and Victorine Ball of 158 Wellmeadow Road, Hither Green, on Christmas Day, Samuel Luffman officiating. A reception followed at the Baring Hall Hotel. Fox was an enthusiastic member of the ASC’s running team, which included some accomplished performers.

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