16 October 2010

Tuesday 8th October 1940: "death and sorrow"

Rather mild, some slight sunshine. Warnings at 11.20 to 11.50 a.m.then many short warnings till all clear at 1.0 p.m. From 2.45 to 3.0. Finished re-making the floor of shelter and improved one of the benches. Len Garrod called in his police uniform, his beat lay past here so he called in. Night raid began at 7.25 p.m. Many machines coming over. Heard bombs swishing down and exploding. Heard one lot come down which I believe were incendiaries; sounded near Uncle Henry's in Southdown Road: expect I shall hear. All clear at 1.0 a.m. on 9th, but still bombs and gun flashes over London, so waited rather than going to bed. Chanced it and turned in. Final all clear at 5.0 a.m. on 9th.
On this day Churchill said in the House of Commons...
"death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valour our only shield. We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible."

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