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
5 May 2010
Sunday, 5th May 1940
Rather warm, lovely sunny day except for a cool N wind which made it one of those hot-cold days. Uncle Henry, Alb & Lily to tea. To Wimbledon Common; saw some very good model flights. Pontifex's apply tree is a picture; so full of bloom. Cut two fine bunches of violet from tree in front garden: best it has ever been.
On this day: French Foreign Legion landed at Narvik. Germans pushed north from Trondheim.
Sunday School Outing to Oxshott. 1904.
I wonder if any of their descendants will ever see this Blog?-TF
One of the few family-linked photos surviving (click to enlarge). The title (above) comes from handwriting on the back - clearly a Sunday School Outing wasn't just for children! The gent in the centre of the back row is named as Mr F French (the name of the author of this 1940 diary) - but he appears in the photo to be much older than the fifteen years that our Fred would have been in 1904. On his right (our left) is a very pleasant Miss Chapman, a name that occurs in the diary. The other hats, boaters and tashes belong to:
Back row: Mrs Laurence, Mrs Blackman, Mr Bennett, Miss Chapman, Mr F French, Miss Hay (Kay?), Mr W S Bond, Mrs Walden, Unknown.
Front Row: Mr Walden, Mrs Sealey, Miss Yalden, Miss Read, Miss Ringwood, Mr Dawson.
Also on the back, written separately and in a different hand, as if this was to be her copy, is written Miss French and her address. This would surely be the Ciss whose time in hospital in 1939-40 we have seen recorded in the diary.