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25 October 2010

Wed 16 to Tues 22 Oct 1940: the ground lifted beneath one then the sound wave came

Shannon Corner, from Shannon's building
 in early 1960s (see Sun 20th entry).
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Wed 16th: ...more bombs on Worpole and Delamere Road last night also Cranbrook Rd, Elm Walket etc. Kingston had a bad time. Southern railway power station hit and some electric trains are steam hauled. London tube railway is flooded. Saw Chas and he was on duty all through last night's raid and all to0day without any food & had to walk home from Clapham Junction as transport so disorganised. he then went to see Doris in hospital at Kingston.
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Thur 17th: ...Two warnings during morning. Birthday card and letter from Uncle Tom and Aunt Nellie. Uncle Henry gave me a shilling. Mended his glasses yesterday and my birthday to-morrow... to Aunt Liza and to feed Fluffy as usual. Night raid began at 6.55 p.m. and very quickly bombs began to fall, there being eight so  ear as to be heard swishing & whistling overhead: I think some must be very near aimed at the railway as usual & I expect they mostly fell on houses instead. Later the raid dragged on in thick fog. All clear - a distant "all clear" given about 3 a.m. on 18 Fri but the raid continued - the local siren not sounded.
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Fri 18th: ...I am 52 to-day and don't feel very happy about it. To buy wick for oil store for Aunt Liza; also to see Dr Rose on her behalf & to the chemists: she is very bad. ...a delayed bomb went off: there are four at the back of Senior's works on Bushey Road...
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Sat 19th : ...Walked all round the shops to buy ox-liver for cats: found some eventually. To see Aunt Liza who is still very bad and to feed the cat. Edie Bennett called. Night raid began at 7.14 p.m., very severe but ended abruptly at 2.7 a.m. on 20 Sun. Many bombs but only one near enough to be heard whistling down, seemed to be aimed at the factories in Bushey road: gunfire very heavy.
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Sun 20th: Mild, some pleasant sun... Warnings at 10.12 a.m., 11.26 a.m., 1.35 a.m., 2.30 p.m.... went for a walk along Arterial Road, saw damage to Council boys' School, also huge crater right between Reid & Sigrist's and Shannon's works, also large crater and broken gas main opposite Vernier's (?) works...(Notes: was in fact Venner's - see later comment. 2. Reid & Sigrist manufactured aircraft components - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reid_and_Sigrist )
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Mon 21st: ...sporadic raids by individual machines: some gunfire... two heavy bombs just before 6 p.m., looked out and saw the machine with shell-bursts all round it: the best A.A. gunnery I have seen yet, it could not have escaped damage. Bought Kit-E-Kat for Fluffy & Dinky... During a lull (in night raid) developed panchromatic film for Ron Coper... (Note: Fred would have held the long film at each end and see-sawed it through a shallow dish of developer, and fixer. This would be in a darkened room with a strongly-filtered photographic safety light of some sort - but I believe without mains electricity in this case.)
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Tues 22nd: ...Mighty big bang just before noon. The ground lifted beneath one then the sound wave came.... Doris and her new baby came home to-day: nice little chap: Lawrence. Out to do some shopping and to feed Fluffy once more... Fog became pretty thinck and all clear at 11.38 p.m. Further warning at 1.0 a.m. on 23 Wed...
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1 comment:

  1. ...also large crater and broken gas main opposite Vernier's (?) works...

    It's actually VENNER'S Works, I think B&Q are there now.

    They made electrical timers etc. and Mr Venner used to live in the big house at the Woodhayes Rd end of Ernle Road in Wimbledon.

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