2 September 2012

28 to 31 Aug 1942: women anti-aircraft gunners

28 Fri. Very warm; the sun shone with grand power all day long: perfect! Did all the usual Friday morning shopping locally also cycled to Morden to buy fish in afternoon after mending a puncture.  Cycled along Arterial Road in evening. Eight splendid new anti-aircraft guns on the camp all "manned" by women.

29 Sat. ...heavy rain and thunder at night. Got the groceries etc. in afternoon. Flew 37 ins.model on Common in evening, finishing with a grand flight, the machine coming down in the woods, finding it only after much wandering about. Walked home as the storm was beginning.

30 Sun. ...Cycled to Tolworth in morning to attend the christening of baby Antony at Surbiton Hill by Rev.Harold Morris. Auntie Ruth** & Ena Stokes were there. Dad, Ciss, Alb & Lily of course & Frank & Nellie from Basingstoke, also Miss Brewer & Miss Paterson a friend of Ruth. Stayed to dinner & tea.

Note: **Ruth Stokes was actually the mother. We're not quite so coy these days! Miss Brewer was a Tolworth neighbour, Frank & Nellie were Lily's brother-in-law and sister - he was a railway guard.  

31 Mon. ...Cycled to Morden to buy fish. Ciss had a holiday at home this week. Did my wire-watching turn at Duff's Depositories.**

** Note: does anyone know where or what Duff's Depositories were?

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