25 October 2014

25th October 1944: rubbish

25 Wed. Very cool; dismal, misty. Got the groceries as usual locally, also sausages & bread. Cleared more of the pile of debris from Mrs. Veale’s garden; there is still a lot left. More work on hall cabinet. Warning from 7.36 to 8.0 p.m. one in E.

24 October 2014

24th October 1944: coming up roses

24 Tues. Rather cold, dull. From 1.5 a.m. to 1.11 a.m. one distant in S. Cycled to N. Cheam in morning to buy cats’ meat. More work repairing hall cabinet only needs a top now. Warning from 7.45 to 8.2 p.m. one very distant in E. The flying bomb that passed to SW last night came down in Ashtead Woods. Two lovely, deep, orange-pink roses on Climbing Mme Edouard Herriot rose and a beautiful white one on Marcia Stanhope.

23 October 2014

23rd October 1944: nice dolls & searchlight on bomb

23 Mon. Rather cold, dismal; rain nearly all day. Bought a few things locally also bought fish at Morden in afternoon. Mrs Akroyd brought some dolls for us to see. She designed and made them herself and very nice they were too. Warning from 7.40 p.m. one in NE, one passed across the S and could be seen: it was followed by searchlights, it exploded distant SW, also one E: all clear 7.57 p.m.

22 October 2014

69,988 + medals + lanes

Just one of those passing statistics... I just noticed that this blog has been viewed 69,988 times... so your's could be the 70,000th! OK, OK, I'll delete this after a couple of days.

Also, recently, a reader queried Fred's exemption/or WWI service. I have a medal... and our reader traced exactly what it is... probably (on an unpaid for search) awarded to Fred's brother in WWI... for services rendered to 'King and Empire'. If anyone would like details or to explore, do please contact me.

One more thing. A friend noted that the road next door to the C of E (presumably) church in which Fred's 'Dear Mother's grave' lies is called CHAPEL Lane - and she wondered at that, given that a chapel is non-C of E....  Comments welcome!

Another thought. As a result of this blog, I wonder if the grave could be gently restored? Our readers' photo, having traced it, shows a cross lying flat... restoration may almost be indecent among the other untended graves. But, just a thought.

Tony French   

22nd October 1944: destruction in Melbury Gardens

22 Sun. Very cool, dismal, calm. Shirley is back and called here to-day. Walk to Melbury Gardens; had not seen damage here before: twelve houses are destroyed. Mrs. Akroyd came to tea.

21 October 2014

21st October 1944: Tibbles and Rusty

21 Sat. Rather chilly, very dull, less wind. Heard a rocket fall at 1.20 a.m. I hear it fell at Norwood. Cycled to N. Cheam: bought cats meat; sold some to Mrs. Norris for her Tibbles and Rusty who I minded while she was away. From 11.12 to 11.26 p. m. one flying bomb distant in S