Mick Coe, local historian led a Memory Walk down Goff’s Lane, Goff’s Oak on Saturday, 17th August, 2019. This was to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the five people who were tragically killed when a V1 bomb, commonly called the Doodlebug, fell in Goff’s’s Oak close to the main road and next to the Wheelwrights Public House. Mick Coe researched the walk, so able to identify houses and their residents who lived there at that time. There was a group of about 50 people and a dog present. The walk took approximately two hours, and was packed with local interest and suprises.

Obviously road traffic brought it’s own challenges, but Mick was able to keep all focused. The thought of using one of those old fashioned megaphone comes to mind, however it could have been too much!

The volunteer Staff at Goffs’ Oak Community Library did a great job publicising the walk, and had a impressive display at the Library, with lots of references. If we are lucky to follow up, we may have an illustrated talk at the library later in the year.

Well done Mick Coe, it was a great opportunity to learn more about Goff’s Oak Village in WW2.

2 thoughts on “Memory Walk, Goff’s Oak- Saturday, 17th August 2019

  1. My grandad who had a nursery in Newgatestreet Road was one of those who went down and helped dig out the victims. He never swore according to my mum but he did that day.

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  2. Such a pity that I only found The Goffs Oak site today – too late to contribute with my vivid memories of that traumatic day 75 years ago. I have forwarded short written piece to you. Although only 3 at the time, I have several war time memories of that time and would be happy to tell you a few incidents.

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