31 July 2014

1st August 1944: after we were bombed...

1 Aug. Tues. Very mild, a little weak sunshine. From 7.0 a.m. three in the S and one about Garth Rd. Lower Morden. All clear 7.30 a.m. Went in ’bus with Ciss to the Council Office, Morden and got some compensation for lost property. Warning from 11.0 to 11.30 a.m. heard seven in the SE. Bought a galvanised bath with money granted us for loss of bath. Did some shopping.

From 2.15 to 2.35 p.m. one bomb in NE, 4 in SE. From 3.30 to 4.10 p.m. Four in E, one in SE. Went with Ciss to view our damaged furniture at the Merton Palais de Dance but it was so packed up it was impossible to get to it. The workmen have roughly repaired our front door and replaced it and filled sitting room window with black card and white linen.

30 July 2014

31 July 1944: bombed cats and collars

Cannizaro House and Park
31 Mon. Very mild, cloudy. Bought a few things at grocers also fitted a new handle to the vacuum washer. Put the lavatory door on temporarily. Warning from 3.0 to 3.35 p.m. One bomb, which I saw, fell in grounds of “Cannizaro”, Wimbledon Common very near to office where Ciss works. Went up there and found her office undamaged. Bought collars in Wimbledon. From 6.15 to 6.30 p.m. one bomb to NW. Mrs Conrade brought letter from Harold. Cleared the fallen fences from the garden. Workmen started repairs to front door. Found and returned Mrs Conley’s cat; wish I could find Dinky. From 11.30 p.m. 1 bomb in SE, all clear 6.30 a.m. on 1 Aug Tues.

29 July 2014

30th July 1944: 'Since the raid my diary has had to suffer...'

30 Sun. Very mild mostly cloudy. Finished cementing shelter and fitted new door. During night alert a bomb fell on the *Rutlish School, also one very near in E, one near in S, one S, one SE, one N, one come from SE and made a great circular flight going N, NW, W, S and finally exploded in SE, one distant in S, also another the same; all clear at 7.40 a.m.

Went to Len Garrod’s to tea. While there an alert sent us to his shelter. Sibyl Middleton also sheltered there; she is a lovely girl, just recovered from a serious illness. Short cycle ride in evening, saw the Rutlish damage. Since the raid my diary has had to suffer, but I must try to get it going again. Warning at 11.45 p.m. Four heavy explosions in SE, two distant in SE. All clear 6.0 am on 31 Mon.

*Note: Rutlish School is a comprehensive school for boys. It is on Watery Lane, Merton Park, southwest London. It was formerly a grammar school.

28 July 2014

29th July 1944: made new door for shelter

29 Sat. Did some shopping morning and afternoon. More cementing to shelter. Made a new door for the shelter. The night alert started at 5.55 a.m. but no record was kept. From 9.45 to 10.5 a.m. no incident. From 1.25 to 2.0 p.m. one near in W, two near in NW. From 9.40 p.m. to 10.0 p.m. one SW very near. Ron Cooper called in morning on his way from Farnborough to Dover and was surprised to see what had happened here: showed him the remains of the bomb which lay near the crater. Alf and Lily called they have just returned from Skegness.

28th July 1944: Fred continues diary despite bombing...

28 Fri. Started cementing the gaping seams of the shelter. Many bombs have fallen locally and great damage has been done but I have not been able to keep a record.

27 July 2014

27th July 1944: War Damage Claims

27 Thur. Aunt Nellie called in the morning and was horrified at the extent of the damage. Went to Council offices to obtain a War Damage Claims form. Various workmen have pulled down loose and overhanging slates and brickwork.

25 July 2014

26th July 1944: our furniture goes to Palais de Dance

26 Wed. The furniture was taken away some in the morning and some in the afternoon and deposited at the Palais de Dance Merton. We have had a great many calls and everyone is kind and helpful.

25th July 1944: cat killed?

25 Tues. Have had to discontinue my log of flying bombs. My mind is not clear and the mess and muddle seem incapable of being dealt with. I am sorrowing for my dear cat Dinky who, I think, must have been killed. He was out at the time and there must have been little chance of his escape as the blast from these bombs is such as to blow heavy timbers to pieces. To the council offices to arrange for the storage of our blasted furniture.

24 July 2014

24th July 1944: Fred and Ciss bombed

"Our mouths were filled with dirt which turned to mud."

24 Mon.  Warning at 12.15 a.m. I heard two distant bombs go off then went sound asleep. At 3.45 a.m. Ciss & I in the Anderson shelter were suddenly awakened by a terrific explosion and we knew a flying bomb had fallen very near; actually about 28 yds. Our mouths were filled with dirt which turned to mud. It was with difficulty we were able to convince ourselves we were safe and uninjured, but we were, thank God. There was no screaming or alarm and all those in Anderson shelters were uninjured. An old lady, a father, mother and six children were safe in a shelter next door. Mr and Mrs Dimes (?) were in an indoor Morrison shelter and were buried under a heap of debris once their house. They were extricated after about two hours: Mrs Dimes died on the way to hospital but Mr Dimes, since recovered, had only minor injuries. The bomb fell on a gap formerly occupied by four houses destroyed in a raid on Nov. 16. 1940.

Our house is seriously damaged and the furniture including the piano and organ very badly knocked about. During the day Jean and Arthur Child and Geoffrey Trory (Thorpe?) cleaned up the worst of the mess and packed the remains of our household effects. Our house has one door left, no roof and is declared untenable, but we are living in the dining room and scullery. Mrs Child kindly gave us breakfast, dinner and tea.

Note. Our blog reader 'Greyfox' has noticed Fred's frequent mention of the 'scullery' (what this writer would call the kitchen) and offers this comment of changing uses.

Fred says that Ciss and he “are living in the dining room and scullery” following the bombing. I remember you added a note to an earlier post commenting that Fred mentioned the scullery quite frequently but his only mention of the kitchen was to a kitchen cupboard. Given the original floor-plan of this type of house, I think Fred’s kitchen & scullery were one and the same. (A single room containing a sink, copper, pully-airer, gas stove & kitchen cupboard.)

The word 'kitchen' has changed its meaning over the years.

In the early 1900s the “kitchen” was where the family really lived. (The front room or parlour was kept for best!) By the 1940s people started calling this room the “living room” or, in Fred’s terms in this entry, the “dining room”. I see that, in December, he refers to this as the “living room” & the front room as the “sitting room”.

The scullery was where the food preparation, cooking and washing took place. There was normally a built-in cupboard in which was kept the everyday crockery and all the food except the perishables. (These were kept in the safe just outside the scullery door.) I suspect that was “the kitchen cupboard” where Dinky caught his mouse. By the 1940s people started calling this room the “kitchen”.

There is more material about life in a late Victorian/Edwardian working-class house (very much like Chestnut Road), including a floorplan, here  

23 July 2014

23rd July 1944: Sunday - almost a day of rest

23 Sun.  Very mild, cloudy: a few feeble attempts by the sun. From 8.55 to 9.47 a.m. one distant in SE and one E. From 2.25 to 3.15 p.m. one distant SE, one E and two very distant NE. From 4.20 to 4.40 p.m. one NE. Mrs Akroyd to tea.

22 July 2014

22nd July 1944: ARP warden killed at Wimbledon rest centre; Shaldon Drive houses destroyed; no rest from flying-bomb attacks

22 Sat.  All clear 6.45 a.m. Also at 7.30 a.m. one in SE, one near in E, one E, all clear 9.50 a.m. From 10.20 a.m. one near in E, one near in SE, two very distant E, one very distant NE, all clear 11.47 a.m. From 1.22 to 1.28 p.m. one very distant SE. To Wimbledon to buy a few things. Warning from 3.17 to 3.55 p.m. one distant in SE. From 4.45 to 5.15 p.m. no incident. From 6.33 to 6.55 p.m. one right through to N. From 9.5 to 10.15 p.m. one in E, one distant in E. The flying bomb which turned a circle yesterday destroyed an A.R.P. rest centre at Wimbledon Park, killing a warden.

Warning at 10.38 p.m. One NE over London, one right overhead and through to N, one distant SE, one SE, one overhead and to NW probably down on Common extension, one SE, one exploded SE after a long glide, near enough to hear the swish, one near N probably on the Common: two SW, one S, one distant in S, one in S, one, a long glide in west, one very near in SW heard it scream down after the engine stopped; this devastated Elm Walk, also another near in SW, this was in Shaldon Drive which I saw later, a number of houses destroyed. One more in S, all clear at 7.45 a.m. on 23 Sun.

21 July 2014

21st July 1944: six killed in Wilton Crescent, Merton

21 Fri. Very mild, but very rough indeed, some hazy sunshine but mostly cloudy. Did the Friday morning shopping and sent a parcel of rhubarb to Aunt Nellie. From 7.38 a.m. one distant in N, one in SE, one in E, one NE, one in N, two in SE, one in S, two more S, one S, two S, one SE, one distant SE, one in S, one NE, all clear at 10.0 a.m.

From 10.15 a.m. one power-dived near in E, one in SE, one E, all clear at 10.45 a.m. From 11.0 to 11.10 a.m. one in S. From 11.20 a.m. one SE, one SE, two distant in S, one right overhead and to N. did not hear it go off, one probably at Wandsworth, one probably Tooting, one in E, one very near in S. some say Grand Drive other in the Cemetery.

One SW about Worcester Park. Two that I heard when in Davis’ shop, slammed the door, one near in E, it turned a complete circle before diving, one in SW, one distant in E, all clear at 2.26 p.m. From 2.30 to 2.40 p.m. one in E, one distant in E. From 3.30 to 3.43 p.m. one distant in S. From 4.43 to 4.47 p.m. saw one flying very low, went right through to N, did not hear it go off. From 5.27 to 5.30 p.m. one power-dived about St Helier to S.

From 7.10 to 7.20 p.m. one over London. From 7.55 to 8.10 p.m. one in SE. From 8.24 to 8.28 p.m. one in SE. From 8.50 to 9.17 p.m. one distant in S. From 9.36 to 10.5 p.m. one very distant in E. Night warning from 10.33 p.m. one distant in E, one through to N, two in SE, one in N, one SE, one S, one came very near and after the engine stopped it gave four spurts of power and then dived with a shattering roar. It fell and destroyed many houses in Wilton Crescent, six people were killed: I saw the wreckage later. One distant in S, there appeared to be a fire London-wards. Two more bombs fell very near, one distant in S, one distant in SE. All clear 6.45 a.m. Sat 22.

20 July 2014

20th July 1944: friend killed

20 Thur. Between very mild and rather warm, very rough but some hazy sunshine. Did some shopping in morning and afternoon and saw where the bomb came down in Nursery Road. From 6.37 a.m. one distant SE, three SE, all clear 6.55 a.m. From 8.19 a.m. three over London, all clear 8.39 a.m. From 9.30 a.m. one in E, one distant SE, one near in E, one distant in N, one E, one very distant in E, one distant E. I waited hours for the all clear and as no more flying bombs came I played the organ so did not hear the all clear. In evening, Alf’s Lily called to say that Jack Garrod had been reported killed on active service in the far E.

Warning at 11.15p.m. one distant in S, two distant in SE, one SE, two fairly distant in N, three distant in SE, one SE, one in S, one in E, one SE, one SW, one right through to N, one in SW, one in S, one glided from S to explode fairly near, one very long glide to explode S, one distant in S, one in S, one very near in E, one distant in E, two in S, one near in the W, one to northward, two in the S, four more in the S, six more in the S, one in SE all clear at 7.7 a.m. on 21 Fri.

19 July 2014

19th July 1944: one dozen alerts... explosions...

"One exploded violently fairly near... after a very long silent glide"

19 Wed. Rather warm, some pleasant sunshine. Did all the shopping including cycling to Morden during a warning. From 6.7 to 6.25 a.m. no incident. From 7.40 to 8.4 a.m. one distant E, one fairly near in E, one about Wimbledon Prk. From 8.35 to 8.46 a.m. two in SE. From 9.15 a.m. one distant in SE, another distant SE, one NE, all clear 9.37 a.m.

From 10.10 a.m. one in E, one at Coombe Warren, one SE, one S, one distant SW, one SE, two distant in S, all clear at 1.4 p.m. From 1.20 to 2.14 p.m. no incident. From 2.30 to 2.55 p.m. one distant in E. From 3.30 to 3.40 p.m. no incident. From 5.32 to 5.40 pm. one in SE. From 6.20 to 6.40 p.m. no incident. From 7.35 to 7.44 p.m. no incident. From 11.36 p.m. one distant SE, one SE, one came right overhead making a terrible din but went right through to N to explode distantly. Two more went right over to N to explode nearer. One SE, two SE. One exploded violently fairly near in SW after a very long silent glide: one very distant SE, one glided to NE to explode: two in the S. all clear 5.35 a.m. on 20 Thurs.

18 July 2014

18th July 1944: Mitcham paint works on fire

18 Tues. Rather warm, some nice sunny periods. Warning from 1.10 a.m. to 5.58 a.m. Two bombs near in S direction. One in S. From 6.7 to 6.30 a.m. Two in SE, one distant SE, one very distant SE. From 7.35 to 8.10 a.m. one distant SE and two E. From 3.20 to 3.26 p.m. no incident. From 4.25 to 4.36 p.m. one in E. From 5.40 to 5.55 p.m. no incident. From 6.12 to 6.32 p.m. no incident. From 7.38 to 7.50 p.m. no incident. From 8.25 to 8.43 p.m. one in SE. From 10.4 p.m. one very near in E. went to see if Mrs. Child was all right in Chatsworth Av: quite all right it is beyond them; shall hear where it was soon: also two in S. all clear 10.35 p.m. Warning at 10.45 p.m. all clear at 11.10 p.m. no incident. The bomb that fell near in the 10.4 to 10.35 p.m. raid was at Nursery Rd. Morden. Another bomb set a paint works on fire at Mitcham. Warning at 11.25 p.m. one near in the E, one SE, one E, one S, one E one S, one right through to N: did not hear it come down: another through to NW, 2 SE, one NM, one distant SE, one distant E, all clear at 6.0 a.m. on 19 Wed.

17 July 2014

17th July 1944: bombs and a break... and sermons!

17 Mon. Warm, fine sunny day. Warning at 4.32 a.m: four bombs in the S. one fairly near, one distant S. one S. fairly near, one very distant SE, one E and one N. all clear 5.48 a.m. From 6.25 to 6.36 a.m. no incident. From 7.37 a.m. Two distant SE, two SE, and one distant S, all clear 8.20 a.m. From 10.40 to 10.50 a.m. one NE. The R.A.F. have been bombing the “ways” from which the flying bombs are launched and we have had peace since 10.50 a.m. Cycled to Morden and Merton also went to see dear Mother’s grave. Called on Mrs. Child to get the addresses of Audrey, John, and Peter who have been evacuated to Nottingham while the raids last. She called here with the addresses written out also dear Jenefer to whom I gave some sprays off the pop-tree for her to play with: gave Mrs. Child a bunch of flowers from the garden. A bomb this morning fell at Rowensbury Rd. between Morden and Mitcham. Wrote letter to Uncle Tom. Received parcel of Dr Winsdale Young’s sermons from Mr. Tout.

16 July 2014

16th July 1944: rapid railway repair after bombing

16 Sun. Rather warm, some fine sunny periods. Warning from 12.8.a.m. Flying bomb on railway at Wimbledon opposite Springfield Road also two distant in S. all clear 7.58 a.m. From 10.20 to 11.45 a.m. one NE one distant N. At 11.50 a.m. one on railway just beyond Raynes Park Sta: saw ballast train and men repairing the track: one distant, not located: all clear 11.58 a.m. From 12.10 p.m. one fell on Wimbledon Common: all clear 12.59 p.m. From 4.38 to 5.24 p.m. one distant NE. From 7.15 to 7.30 p.m. one NE and one looks like Mitcham. Mrs Akroyd called: gave her some flowers. Went to see where the railway was bombed this morning and found repairs were complete and trains running as usual: it took only a few hours to put right although the bomb got a direct hit. Planted lettuce seed.

15 July 2014

15th July 1944: fewer warnings, more gardening

15 Sat. Between very mild and rather warm; cloudy, showers. Did some shopping in the morning. Warning from 1.45 to 2.0 p.m. no incident. From 3.15 to 4.0. p.m. one very distant S, one very distant SE. From 5.25 to 6.0 p.m. no incident. Cycled to Morden and Wimbledon in afternoon to buy something. Planted out a long row (33) of polyanthus* plants, given to us by Mr Carter*, Dolly Cooper’s father; the seedlings were raised in Bedford.

The exquisite fawn-salmon pink rose Los Angeles is lovely in the garden to-day, also the rose Crimson Glory has a sport (short?) bloom on it: it is deep crimson with a rich violet overlay; some of the outer petals being pure violet. I must keep the seeds of this bloom and see if I can grow them.

*Note: Fred's usually immaculate diary has a large ink blot on this page, and a couple of words are not clear - Tony

14 July 2014

14th July 2014: Colliers Wood, Southey Rd & Board Mills hit

14 Fri. From 1.3 a.m. to 5.15 a.m. no incident. From 8.15 to 9.15 a.m. three, some way to the south. From 9.48 a.m. one east and one north-east both fairly near: four fire engines rushed to the rescue; one distant NE, all clear 10.15 a.m. The near one to E mentioned above fell at Colwood Avenue or Road, Colliers Wood: I later saw the damage, also the damaged Merton Board Mills and Southey Road. – very bad.

14 Fri. continued, very mild, cloudy. Got the meat and other provisions in morning; did some house clearing in evening. Also bought fertiliser in afternoon. Warning from 3.30 to 3.50 p.m. one somewhere at Merton. From 6.6 to 6.13 PM. No incident. From 8.56 to 9.2 p.m. no incident.

13th July 1944: kestrel hovers

13 Thur. Very mild, cloudy, rain. Warning from 9.4- to 11.10 a.m. one to N, one to S, one distant NE. To Merton to attend to dear Mother’s grave, it looks quite well. Saw the damage done by the bomb in Church Lane. Merton Church is not seriously damaged. From 2.50 to 3.20 p.m. one distant in E. From 4.25 to 4.50 no incident. From 5.10 to 6.15 p.m: no incident. From 6.46 to 7.0 p.m. one in E. From 7.45 to 7.55 p.m. no incident. While in the garden I saw a kestrel hawk hovering, it is a rare sight in this district now. 

12 July 2014

12th July 1944: concern for sister

12 Wed. There was no warning during the night. From 7.17 to 7.45 a.m.* 2 in SE. From 8.45 to 9.20 a.m. one very distant SE one distant in W.

12 Wed con. Very cool but becoming milder and fairer. Cycled to Tolworth in afternoon; found Anthony in a very playful mood. While at Tolworth the sirens went at 3.15 p.m. heard 9 flying bombs but am not sure of my direction there but two exploded quite near: all clear at 3.45 p.m. From 4.25 p.m. one SE one NE, three in NW. I saw one of these flying at a great speed and heard it subsequently go off, two in the west in rapid succession, two in the E, two in the S, saw the smoke rise up from one, one in the N, one more NE, all clear at 7.50 p.m. As Ciss did not come home betimes I went to the office and met her there just as the all clear was going. From 9.15 to 9.45 p.m. one in E. There was no warning during the night, so we had a peaceful night.

*Thornton Heath (Fred’s asterisk & note - Ed)

11 July 2014

11th July 1944: house shaken and jolted by explosions

"the prospects are not rosy"

11 Tues. Very cool and dull. From 9.23 to 9.45am on in SW. From 10.9 to 10.30am a heavy one to S; made the house shake and the windows rattle. From 10.40am a resounding bang from Southfields direction, one distant NE and one SE, all clear at 12.35pm. From 12.54 one in NE one in SE, all clear at 1.35pm. There is quite a lot of London left, but every bomb that falls causes more or less damage over a quarter of a square mile area. The shop window of the Post Office in Kingston Rd was blown in by the bomb which fell at Kings College half a mile away; the prospects are not rosy. From 2.26pm one near in E direction, 2 near in NE, one near in S. All clear at 3.35pm. From 4 to 5pm, one in S. From 5.45pm, one in west direction which jolted the house; must have been fairly near; 2 in the S one in SE all these approached without noise; the flying bombs sometimes glide for miles and the bang is the first thing that is heard of them; all clear at 6.25. From 7.29 to 7.54pm one, I should say about Earlsfield. From 8.15 to 8.22pm one distant in S. From 8.55 to 9.48pm, no incident.

"There is quite a lot of London left..."

10th July 1944: one girl killed, 70 people injured

10 Mon. Rather cool, cloudy, rain. Warning from 9.45am. One fell at Pelhan Rd, S Wimbledon; four fire engines rushed along Bushey Road to assist with the rescues; also one SE, all clear 9.25am. From 10.40 to 11am one in E. Cycled to Morden top buy cat's meat. From 12.21 one distant NE one distant NW. All clear 3.34pm. From 5.24 to 6.10, no incident. At 7.30pm one very near; it fell at Church Lane. Cycled to Alan Spooner's to see how they were; his uncle's house is damaged in Southey Road; all clear at 8.22pm. The bomb referred to above as falling in Pelham Road actually fell in Southey Road; one girl was killed and 70 people injured. Warning at 8.50pm, one bomb to E, one SE, probably Mitcham; all clear at 9.39pm. From 10.23pm, no incident; all clear at 5.55am on 11 Tues.

9th July 1944: all-night warning

9 Sun. Very mild, becoming cooler; cloudy, rain but a small amount of weak sun. 11am one flying-bomb right through to N, one distant SE all clear 11.47. From 12 to 3pm warning, no incident. From 3.20 to 3.26, no incident. from 3.40 to 4.42, no incident. From 8.45pm, one in S and 2 distant E, all clear at 6.7am on 10 Mon.

9 July 2014

8th July 1944: food queue, bombs and a rainbow

8 Sat. Rather warm, some sunny periods. Waited in a long queue at the greengrocers in the morning. To Wimbledon in after noon to buy fish. Short cycle ride in evening. From 9.27pm warning, 3 bombs fairly near over London; one made a red glow in the sky, and 3 distant. Wonderful double rainbow in a red sky during the raid. ....ten more, one quite near but it made only a little noise when it went off. All clear at 5.58am on 9 Sun.

8 July 2014

7th July 1944: flying-bombs explained

7 Fri. ...the bomb mentioned above fell on Herbert Road, Wimbledon. It did great destruction but there were only a few injuries and no fatalities; the people were all in their shelters. Did the usual Friday morning shopping and some house cleaning in the afternoon. Warning at 12.10...all clear 2pm. From 2.25 to 3.3pm. From 3.30 to 5.45pm. At 6.45pm one (V-1) right through to N; did not hear it go off; all clear at 7.25. From 7.45 to 8.23. At 8.30 pm one probably at Mitcham, saw the smoke rise, also one fairly near in E another in W. All clear at 10.15pm; each one of these flying-bombs explode on impact with the ground and the explosive charge is 2,000 kilograms; about one ton.; blast often carries about quarter of a mile. From 11.40pm, 3 fairly near, one was at earlsfield; also two went right through to NW; one came down at Hampstead and one at Burnt Oak; all clear at 5.27am on Saturday.

Link to Britsh Pathe website with film re defence against V-1

6 July 2014

6th July 1944: seems like heaven glided silently to explode very loudly... some unfortunate people had a surprise... terrible damage and casualties were caused by the one which fell in Martin Way beyond S. Merton Sta. yesterday... but we have had a welcome respite from bombing and it seems like heaven. Saw the damage in Martin way; I estimate that 100 houses are untenable and must be damaged beyond repair....

Note: Fred's record of the weather and every single air-raid warning and all-clear continue, but I am not typing it all... - Tony

5th July 1944 in Wandsworth direction, one in the grounds of Kings College, only 200 yards from the office where Ciss works.... the explosion made my ears ring...... then ten came throughout the night...

4th July 1944...

4 Tues. Only two machines (during all-night warning). Rather warm day, mostly cloudy but some warm sun. Cycled to Morden to buy fish. Warnings at 8.25, 8.48, all clear 9.15. Warnings 9.30, 9.55, all clear 11.45. 12.30... bomb on Wimbledon common. All clear at 2.20. Warnings at 2.20 and 3.15, all clear 7.15pm. Warning at 7.25, all clear 9.40..... two near, the sound was awful...

3rd July 1944: barrage of bombing on London continues

3 Mon. Very mild to rather warm; deluge most of the day. From 12 to 12.55am, 28 machines came during the night alert - two came at once. One very loud report as if it had come down on Wimbledon Common. From 6.20 to 8.5am, five came including one near in S, one near in SE and one further off in S; fire engiunes turned out. From 8.30-9.25am on distant in SW. From 9.40-9.55am on in S. From 10.15-10.45am one in the S. Warning at 11.55am. One in SE, one E and one S, one distant SE one distant SW, one near SW - (Fred lists ten more) -  all clear at 8.30pm.  From 8.47-9.6pm, one distant S. From 9.57-9.52, one S fairly near. Warning from 10.17pm to 6am on 4th. 

2 July 2014

2nd July 1944: window frames nearly blown out of walls

2 Sun. Eight machines in quick succession the last one falling with a resounding crash at this end of Cannon Hill Lane, doing great damage; two of our window frames are nearly forced out of the brickwork. Three more came before the all clear at 6.53 a.m. From 7.15 to 7.30 a.m. no incident. From 8.0 to 8.15 a.m. no incident. From 9.20 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. three in S.E. To see if the Child family were safe; they were; saw the damage in Cannon Hill Lane; blast damage extends a great way from the scene. Warning at 10.25 a.m. Two very heavy reports and clouds of smoke seeming to come from Lower Morden. Another distant S. one fairly near in S. One distant in S.E. 3 distant ones to E. One distant S.E. All clear at 1.43 p.m. From 2.52 to 3.0 p.m. one E. over London.

1 July 2014

1st July 1944: V-1 bombs in every direction, continuous warnings

1 July Sat. ...during which period (Fred is referring to 14hr approx air-raid warning he mentioned yesterday, i.e. 11.50 p.m. yesterday to 1.45 p.m. today) 16 machines came within hearing. One fell very near probably Wimbledon Hill direction, two very near in a southerly direction; by the columns of smoke which rose up, I should say they were at Lower Morden. Three fire engines went past the end of this road in the direction of the explosions. Also 1 distant in the S.E. From 2.10 p.m one to the S. near, two to E, all clear at 3.0 p.m. 3.10 p.m. one through to N.W.out of hearing, one distant S.E. one distant N.E. all clear at 3.43 p.m. From 3.17 to 4.40 p.m. 1 very distant to N.E. one through to N.W. out of hearing. From 5.3 to 5.20 p.m. no incident. From 5.40 to 6.0 p.m. no incident. From 6.20 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.; one not far to N.W. From 7.50 p.m. one distant to E., one distant to south; all clear at 8.30 p.m. From 8.40 to 9.2 p.m. no incident.

1 July Sat. continued, very mild to rather warm. , very dull and cloudy after a night of rain; managed to all the shopping without going far afield. 1 Sat. con. From 9.55 to 11.26 p.m. one very distant S.E. From 11.17 p.m. to 6.53 a.m.