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19 March 2014

19th March 1944: birthday tea for sister, many visitors

19 Sun. Very cool, overcast, less wind. Ciss is 58 to-day. The children called, including Gwennie (who has just got over chicken-pox) and Laurie. Dear Monica also came; she is a charming and modest little girl. Ciss had a birthday tea and Dad, Alb, Lily, Anthony and Mrs. Jones came from Tolworth. Mrs. Akroyd came. Aunt Liza, Cousin Len and his sweetheart Doris came later in the evening. Doris also stayed the night.

Notes: Fred's dad is now (1944) living with his son Albert, and his wife Lily, in Tolworth.  Mrs Jones is Lily's mother. Cousin Len had been a prisoner-of-war, released the previous year in an exchange with Germany as a result of his injuries. The reference to children calling is usually on Sunday, on their way to Sunday School at Raynes Park Methodist Church, Cottenham Park.

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