London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
24 May 2010
Friday 24th May 1940
. "I could hear incessant gunfire..."
Between very mild and rather warm, some pleasant sunny periods. Took off the bulbs from Mother's grave and dug it over well in preparation for summer planting. Flew the low wing with Alan Spooner on the Rec in evening; he flew his large cabin model. The Germans occupied Boulogne yesterday; I could hear incessant gunfire all afternoon. The British Expeditionary Force is cut off and have the enemy on three sides and the sea on the fourth; there is a gap 25 miles wide in the Allied lines and things are desperate. Heard the King** broadcast a message at night.
**"The King spoke on the wireless tonight (Empire Day) - dull, heavy, uninspired, full of platitudes..." - Vera Brittain's diary (ISBN 0 7089 8716 8). .