31 July 2012

17 to 24 July 1942 tomb robbery

Note: 17th to 24th excerpts.

17 Fri. ...rain all day. To take a message to Mrs Child, also took liver for the kitten... Met Archie Adams the Merton cricketer; had a little chat.

18 Sat. ...bought fish in Coombe Lane. Oh, bought birthday card for Alb.

19 Sun. From 48 degs. to 67 in afternoon... Little Connie Freeman came in to amuse herself at the piano like Doreen used to do.

20 Mon. ...Shopping locally: while out herd the double-toned whistle of a Pacific loco, but could not get a view of it. Along the line in evening; saw a good many interesting loco types.

21 Tues. ...Hoed and weeded part of the garden. The new rose Mrs Edward Laxton has a very lovely deep pink bloom on it - shaded with orange - vermilion: a full rose with stiff petals.

22 Wed. Gave Arthur Child my Leopard Moth aeroplane. To Mrs Child as her wireless has stopped - needs a new H.T. battery Took child's necklace to Mrs Wheals who can restore it to its owner. Saw her garden and the rabbits.

23 Thur.  ...cloudy and dull; windy... bought a geranium at Merton. Planted the latter on the Field's grave in place of one which was stolen. Mr Honor called me in; introduced me to his daughter.

24 Fri. ...a fruitless walk to Merton. Cycled to Morden to buy fish in afternoon.

16 July 2012

13 to 16 July 1942: air raid warning

Note: 13th to 16th excerpts.

13 Mon. ...To shops in morning also to cats' meat shop in afternoon. Uncle Ben called in evening: he is soon going back to Bolton. Met Edie Bennett: she is nice.

14 Tues. ...Caught first glimpse of Southern Railways new Pacific loco - one of them, but was not well placed for observation. Sowed lettuce seed.

15 Wed. ...To Mitcham to see cricket, but Woods was not playing. Flew 34 ins model on Common in evening; good results in half a gale of wind.

16 Thurs. Warning from 5.15 to 5.35 p.m....Dad, Alb, Lily & little Antony to tea. Antony is a merry little chap who really enjoys life.

12 July 1942: wheat at Coombe Warren

12 Sun. Between very mild and rather warm; cloudy but a few gleams of sunshine. A crowd of children called before going to the Sunday School Anniversary. To Church in evening and thence for a walk to Coombe Warren - a great amount of wheat is growing there.

8 to 11 July 1842: rain: good!

Note: excerpts of 8th-11th
8 Wed. ...Re-set the clothes post which had rotted at the bottom: repairs to end fence.

9 Thur. ...Cycled to and walked across Mitcham Common: the willow herb and the fragrant yellow bedstraw made wonderful sweeps of colour...

10 Fri. Cool for season. Very dull, downpour all day, still raining when I went to bed: good! Did shopping in morning: met Madge who had to regsiter for National Service to-day.

11. Sat. ...The usual shopping. Saw Merton beat their opponents easily. Met Uncle Dick at the match; said that Fred Bevis had been ill. Also saw Ted Williams there: watched beside him while Merton scored freely. Short cycle ride in evening.

15 July 2012

7 July 1942: splashes of colour

Beddington Lane Halt in 1961, Opened 1855, closed 1997.
Photo: Ben Brooksbank, via Wikpedia & geographia
7 Tues. Rather warm, some nice sunshine between the cloiuds; slight showers: very boisterous. Cycled over Mitcham Common to Beddington Lane Station. First time for many years. The Common looked very nice and the rose-bay willow herb made splashes of colour everywhere. To water the grave in evening.

Our reader 'Greyfox' writes: Beddington Lane station is now a stop on the Wimbledon to Croydon tramline, opened in 2000.  

2 - 6 July 1942 : hymns, cricket & aspidistra

Note: excerpts of 2nd to 5th.
2 Thur. To graves in evening to stake the lichnis chalcedonica... Children came to practise anniversary hymns.

On this day. Winston Churchill in the House of Commons: "Men may make mistakes, and learn from their mistakes... Men may have bad luck, and their luck may change."

3 Fri. ...a hard day's work weeding and hoeing... to Alf's in evening; gave him plant of lichnis chalcedonica. He lent me a book on roses.
4 Sat. Looked in at John Innes Ground and saw some fine batting by Radcliffe playing for Merton. He is a Cambridge Varsity man and scored 103 not out, of a total of 208 for 5. Saw poppies in Mr.Hound's(?) garden.
5 Sun. Little Gwen called: she comes by herself now. Walk on Common in evening: the scent of the lime trees is delightful.
6 Mon. Rather warm, the sun shone between occasional breaks in the clouds; light showers. Did a lot of shopping using my cycle including going to Morden. Aunt Nellie called in morning to take an aspidistra. Trying the experiment of raising roses from sliced off dormant buds, striking them in the gentle heat of the compost heap. Picked the goosberry crop amounting to six pounds.

1 July 1942: cricket since 1685

1 July Wed. Rather warm, dull morning but fine sunny afternoon. Did shopping in morning. Saw cricket on Mitcham Green. Woods the fine left-handed batsman had to stand up to bowling that kicked dangerously on a drying pitch, but it only proved how great a player he is. Madge & Mr.White called to arrange for the Sunday School Anniverersary. Fitted 12 1/2in hard wood propeller to 34 ins aero. A prop Fred Fraine gave me.

The clubhouse is on the opposite side of a road to the Green,
where cricket has been played since 1685. Photo: Peter Trimming
Note from Wikipedia: Mitcham Cricket Club is reported by The Independent to be the oldest cricket club in existence, with the club having been playing cricket on Mitcham Cricket Green since 1685. Mitcham club were also reportedly watched by Lord Nelson during his time in the area. The club has provided three players for the England cricket team, fast bowler Tom Richardson; batsman Andy Sandham; and wicketkeeper Herbert Strudwick. The ladies team was the local club for Molly Hide, who captained England for 17 years and later became president of the Women's Cricket Association. 

13 July 2012

30 June 1942: dangerous lightning

30 Tues. War, fine & sunny till evening when a thunder storm of great severity developed. At one period the lightning was dangerously low and incessant. One terrific flash swept over the houses and almost demolished the chimney stack at 42 Chestnut Road. Three fire engines and a tender and an escape and an ambulance car were soon at the scene; it gave them a bit of practice anyhow. Letter from Mrs Hodges. Did small amount of shopping on bike. Planted seedling tomatoes. 

29 June 1942: paid slate club

29 Mon. Very warm; grand sunny day. Cycled to many shops to buy cress seed but failod then found that Meredith's round the corner had got a good stock. Paid slate club: went on bike. Alan Spooner called. Plantage cabbage lettuce seed. 

9 July 2012

28 June 1942: choir festival, Bach cantata

28 Sun. Rather warm; some nice sun later in the day. The children called. To Church in evening. It was the choir festival and many good choral works including a Bach Cantata were performed. A very fine organist and violinist took part. Short walk afterwards.

Note: Fred had his own violin, and an elaborate organ in the sitting room at the front of No 66. 

8 July 2012

27 June 1942: rain is needed very much

27 Sat. Rather warm, plenty of sunshine but overhead haze. Did the usual shopping also to buy fish, returning by Merton Cricket was too late to see Merton batsman make 135: total score was 256 for 3 declared. To Merton to water dear Mother's greave. Rain is needed very much.

26 June 1942: family visit

26 Fri. Rather warm. Some sunny periods, pleasant. Did shopping in morning. Took a bunch of roses to Mrs.Hippel but found that this morning Mr.Hippel had gone into hospital. Cycled to Tolworth in evening. Ciss went so we were all there. This journey makes my aggregate mileage so far this year 103.6.

Note: so Fred and his sister (Ciss - who would have caught the bus - 72 or 152 in those days I think) visited their brother (Albert) and his wife (Lily) and their Dad at 98 Largewood Avenue, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey.

 Oct 1940. Balham. A bomb penetrated the road above Balham Underground station, killing 68 people. A bus fell into the crater.  Click for Daily Mail website/Time & Life/Getty image.

25 June 1942: purse, police & enemy aircraft

25 Thur. Between very mild and rather warm; cloudy but small amount of sun, wind freshening. Enemy aircraft from N to SE at 1.25 a.m.. Many shots at it but no sirens. Mislaid purse, thought it was lost, enquired at police station but came home and found it in the gramo - could not recall putting it there. Cycled to police again to report finding it. To Merton to buy fish. Hoed over and weeded half garden. Alan & Fred Spooner called.

24 June 1942: Welsh Guards' cricket

24 Wed. Rather warm, dull, but sun shining later in day. Cycled to Mitcham saw local cricket team play Welsh Guards. Woods for Mitcham hit out with great power. Also rode as far as Sutton Common Rd in evening. Aunt Liza and Gwen called in evening.

Note: examples of wartime cricket matches played by regiments can be found on the web. For instance: 1941 June 25.  WELSH GUARDS versus COLDSTREAM GUARDS Cricket at LORDS - an easy victory for the Regiment assisted by a century by 2/Lieutenant E.T. PELHAM.

23 June 1942: he 'has filled out'

23 Tues.  Warm, grand sunshine all day. Fred Fraine called, he is on holiday. Brought two propellers for me: he looked well and has filled out. Did shopping on cycle to save time. Bought a scrubbing board with a corrugated glass panel. 

22 June 1942: air raid warning, gunfire

22 Mon. Warm, grand sunny day. Uncle Tom & Aunt Nellie called in morning: pleased to see them. Cycled to Morden to buy fish. Alan Spooner brought some records for me to play. Watered Mother's grave in evening. Raid warning from 1.12 to 2.7 a.m. distant gunfire.

3 July 2012

21 June 1942: roses everywhere

21 Sun. Warm, close, some hazy sunshine. The children called before going to Sunday School. Cousin Dorius brought little Lawrance. Walk along Coombe Lane, Copse Hill,  Ernie Road, Mackay Road & Dunstall Road in evening. The roses everywhere are glorious. Wrote letter to Mrs Hodges.

Note: the roads mentioned make it look as if Fred walked right around the outside of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club grounds.

20 June 1942: tricky old cricketer

20 Sat. Warm, close, some hazy sunshine. Saw Merton score 158 for 8 dec. The only players I knew were Adams and Roberts. There was a white-haired old man who bowled very trickily. Saw roses at John Innes. The usual shopping. Flew 37ins model on Common in evening. Good results under queer atmospheric conditions.

19 June 1942: churchyard again

19 Fri. Very mild, cloudy. To do shopping in morning; called on Mrs Child to return her scissors: walk along rail path. In afternoon to Merton Churchyard to plant calendulas on the Field's grave. To pay a visit to the Pontifexes(?) at Worcester Park. They made me welcome and had a happy time: their roses are magnificent.