I was just over 2 years of age when the fire happened, and my father lifted me up to see the fire. It was dark and I remember the sight quite well - strange because many things during that period I have forgotten, but this memory has always been with me.
At that time we lived in Chalin Street (off Maple Road) Anerley, and shortly afterwards moved up the road to Jasmine Grove. My uncle lived in Beckenham [Bob Turner] - but as they have all passed away now I obviously cannot ask them anything more than what I have just told you.
It would have been of particular interest I am sure to my mother if she was still alive. Perhaps a snippet from our family notes may interest readers here. It reads:-
"When my mother was very young [c.1926], and before she met my father, she used to go into the Crystal Palace Park during her lunch break to eat her sandwiches – and frequently used to share them with John Baird the inventor of TV. He was very poor at the time and didn’t look after himself, and was apparently quite concerned about his work being copied."