We left Ciss on 31st Dec 1939 in Wimbledon Hospital - she entered on 15th October and on 17th had an operation to remove a lump in her 'chest'. Here are excerpts from Uncle Fred's diary which help us follow the events... but overnight on 1 January 1940, Fred was thinking of someone else:
...Dreamed I met dear Annie Chapman face to face, and that she declined an offer of marriage I had made; haven't met her for probably 15 years; wonder whether I ever shall again. Stayed in today as there was no need to go to the shops.
Fred had written this at the back of his 1939 notebook, and rewrote it precisely - shown here - in his new 1940 notebook. These notebooks are really intended for cash accounts, as we see from the printed rules.
Tuesday, 2nd January 1940: ...The barrage balloons look very beautiful with the red sunshine on them in a hazy blue sky...
Thursday, 18th January: ...Heard the North London munitions explosion at 10-45 this morning. The concussions shook the windows violently twice within a few seconds.
Sunday, 21st January: ...went to see Ciss in hospital despite Arctic weather...Evereything is now ready for Cis to go to Bognor just waiting for the wound to heal up finally. Next Thursday is a probability; wonder if there will be another postponement.
Monday, 22nd January: ...tried unsuccesfully to thaw lavatory cistern: it has been frozen all this year.
Wednesday, 24th January: ...Ciss is due at last to go to Bognor tomorrow having been on hospital since 15th October last...