Ronald James Sargeant (1919-1981) as a boy (circa 1924?)



Photograph of the father of Anthony Sargeant aged about 5 years which would suggest a date of 1924. It was probably taken at the family home which at the time was in Malt Street, just off The Old Kent Road in South London (but still within the sound of Bow-Bells and to be born within the sound qualifies a person as a cockney). In 1935 he family were rehoused  by the wonderful London County Council from what today would be called a slum to the Bellingham Council Estate further south in the Borough of Lewisham. The rehousing was part of the initiative to improve the housing stock following the First World War – David Lloyd George’s “Homes fit for Heroes”.


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