Damien on… War Babies – And Children
I was born in September, 1952 – which makes me a “Baby Boomer”.
The post-WW2 baby-boom started (obviously) in 1946. However, when it ended is harder to say. Since the eventual decline in births was gradual, some estimates put it as late as the early Sixties.
Either way, during the Fifties, I was only a child – and by the time I was sexually active, the late Sixties had arrived.
But the generation BEFORE mine were not so lucky…
First, their pets were put down (despite the RSPCA’s protestations, about 750,000 pet dogs and cats were euthanized at the outbreak of war, following a War Office directive – in those days, people obeyed their government, the fools) then they were posted to Norfolk where, separated from their parents for most of their formative years, they were routinely buggered.
And when the war was over, they were returned to society – and entered the Fifties. Far from being Fabulous, the decade was a GRIM time. There was no money. Everything was in black and white. And while today we imagine Rock ‘N’ Roll ruled, the truth was – the charts were dominated by M.O.R. music.
As for sex, after the go-for-it Forties – where people did not know if they would SEE tomorrow – REPRESSION had set in. You could wank to “Health And Efficiency” (in America, “National Geographic”) but that was it. And women who got pregnant out-of-wedlock could end up incarcerated in mental institutions, classed as a “moral danger to themselves and others”.
Even the early Sixties was not much better. The Birth Pill was only available to married women over 25, who had had at least one child.
Only when I left school, in 1969, did the pendulum swing – along with everything else.
And today, the results of that swinging – preceded by two decades of repression – are finally being uncovered.
Jimmy Savile – born 1926.
Rolf Harris – born 1930.
William Roache – born 1932.
Jimmy Tarbuck – born 1940.
Freddie Starr – born 1943.
Max Clifford – born 1943.
Gary Glitter – born 1944.
Dave Lee Travis – born 1945.
Paul Gambaccini – born 1949.