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23 August 2010

Saturday 17th August 1940: flowerstall man killed...

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"...many killed who were coming down the staircase having just left the train."
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Warm, glorious sunny day. Kitty Kingham married Harry Morris at St Saviour's. Out to buy Dinkey's week-end food. To Uncle Ben's at Malden on my cycle; saw the result of the bombs at West Barnes level crossing, at the Duke of Cambridge Burlington Road etc. Had tea thence with Uncle Ben to see the damage at Malden Station and Alsic (?) Avenue. The station and shops were the most damaged and lives were lost here. Both Uncle Ben's milkmen were killed: one is completely missing as is also the flowerstall man at the station. The booking clerk was killed and many killed who were coming down the staircase having just left the train. All things considered, I am amazed at the small damage done considering the number of bombs dropped. None that I saw actually got a direct hit on anything. During to-day 6 delayed action bombs went off, the one at 8 a.m. was severe and gave the house a nasty jolt but where it exploded I do not know. High Street Merton is closed as is also the By-pass beyond the Odeon Cinema Malden, so have not seen anything there. Jack and Mr.Bradley having heard of the raid on S.W. London came up to see if Doris and Libye also all the old friends were safe which they were: called here and showed them Dinkey which was their cat before they went away. German reconnaissance machine over Malden when I was there apparently to take photos of their handiwork: I doubt if he could see much. All things considered things could have been much worse.
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On this day: Germany announced a total sea blockade of Britain and mining of surrounding waters.
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