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19 November 2010

Monday 11th November 1940: bought rabbit for cats; 11 people killed

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Rather cold, dull, torrents of rain all day. Warnings from 10.2 to 10.15 a.m., 10.44 to 11.30 a.m., 1.20 to 1.40 p.m., 2.47 to 3.15 p.m. Heavy reports about 4 p.m., 4.2 to 4.35 p.m. Enemy plane about; local guns fired. Out to buy rabbit for the cats.Saw damage to house in Whately Av. & Bushey Road. Two bombs in the latter - right at this end of Chestnut Road. Two people killed there. Bombs also in Cherry Wood Lane, Cannon Hill, Monkleigh Road, Martin Way, etc. 9 people killed. Letter and 3/- (shilling) postal order from Ron Cooper for doing his film. Warning from 6.0 to - no, the night raid did begin then. Sound of a few distant planes and gunfire only: all clear at 9.5 p.m. Mr. Frayne called: he is going back to Wales.  (Note: I believe Fed Frayne may have been a solicitor... I wonder if any historians or ancestors are reading this f who can confirm? - Tony.)

This is a link to the photo Charlie Womble mentions in his comments below.  Readers may like to note that I have promised to give all Fred's original diaries to the Merton Library & Heritage Service - Tony French.
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1 comment:

  1. I think this is the incident: http://photoarchive.merton.gov.uk/collections/war/second-world-war/bomb-damage/29049#prettyPhoto/0/

    As a local I can tell this to be the even numbers on Martin Way which suggests the building standing with damage is number 274 since it's the only one that has been rebuilt on it's right flank. The tragic rubble would therefore be the site of what now is 150 Cannon Hill Lane

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