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21 August 2010

Sunday 11th August 1940

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Rather warm, with some bright sunny intervals; very rough cool wind: getting much cooler. Audrey, Arthur and John Child called. Walking through Joseph Hood's was much struck by a lovely flowering bush. Asked the keeper the name - Hibbiscus: he gave me one for a buttonhole. Also watched cricket on the playing fields. Alb & Lily to tea. In evening, up Downs, Ridgway, Ridgway Place along rail-path home.
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In Fred's footsteps: looking on a modern map - try Googling Ridgway Place, Merton - it's possible to trace Fred's evening walk in 1940, from Chestnut Road, along Lower Downs Road - past today's Playfit Social Sports Club, and Hall School, Wimbledon Senior School - and The Downs, east-north-east along The Ridgway, down a fairly lenthy Ridgway Place to his favourite path alongside the railway. 
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On this day: Italian troops attacked British and South African troops holding Tug Argan Pass in British Somaliland. The Italians took the pass after four days fighting. 
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