London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
31 March 2014
31st March 1944: shrapnel through roof
Shrapnel through roof of this house (Google Street View)
31 Fri. White morning frost, rather cold day, some hazy sunshine in afternoon. Did the Fri. morning shopping; got a nice piece of pork for the week-end. Got accumulator in afternoon. To Mrs Child; she showed me a large piece of shrapnel which went through the roof during a raid. Letters from Uncle Ton & Aunt Nellie; replied. Warning at 3.30 a.m. A machine beat the sirens and circled about for 1/4 of an hour then made off where it got a small amount of gunfire; there was none locally and it just went away unmolested; all clear at 4.40 a.m.
Note: this would have been at 17 Chatsworth Ave., Merton Park.