"Tich's Tale" is based on the recorded recollections of George 'Tich' Dolman, told almost exclusively in his own words. Tich was a countryman who lived in what is still part of the Essex countryside despite its proximity to London and the ever-encroaching built up area of Romford. While this book will provide social historians with many valuable insights into life there in the mid-twentieth century, a particular feature is the number of humorous episodes which Tich's remarkable memory for detail has enabled him to recall. The book is illustrated with drawings and a colour painting by the author, Derek Rowland, as well as many interesting photos.Born in 1912, one of six boys, and brought up in Stapleford Abbots, Essex, Tich lived most of his life in the village of Havering-atte-Bower, a short distance from his family home.Slightly rebellious but with an irrepressible sense of humour, he describes many pranks which got him into trouble. Trained as gardener at one of the 'big houses', his main recreation, shared with one of his brothers, was poaching, at which he became extremely adept.His description of village life before the Second World War depicts a community where the bulk of the inhabitants worked for, or were dependant upon, the half dozen estates which were situated around the area in those days.
Although in a reserved occupation, he engineered his call-up and was sent to Burma where he suffered some truly horrific experiences, narrowly evading capture by the Japanese.After demob he settled back into civilian life and continued poaching around the local estates for many years.Tich enjoyed life and came through difficult times which would have defeated many people. Devoted to his wife and family, he died in 1997. These recollections were recorded during the last decade of his life.