31 August 2014

2014. The places Fred visited.

We recently saw 'Dear Mother's grave', so often referred to and visited by visited by Fred. Here are more photos taken in the immediate area. Photos and captions by two readers of this blog, Sean & Nora Galvin.

1. The 12th century gateway to the Merton Priory guesthouse, in the church grounds. 
2. The grave of John Innes, local property developer, philanthropist, anti-slavery campaigner, driving force behind creation of Merton Park, funded renowned horticultural institute, hence the potting compost - quite a few mentions in Fred's diary.  
3. The old school building, opposite the churchyard (now converted into apartments).
4. Dedication plaque.

31st August 1944: a very superior shop...

31 Thur. Mild, cool wind, some sun but many showers. From 8.30 to 8.40 a.m. no incident. From 8.50 to 9.5 a.m. no incident. From 9.25 to 9.40 a.m. no incident. From 10.0 to 10.15 a.m. no incident. From 10.43 to 11.2 a.m. no incident. From 11.35 to 12.5 p.m. no incident. From 5.5 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. no incident. To North Cheam in morning to buy cats meat at a very superior shop: also to the grocers. To butchers in afternoon. The workmen are making progress with the roof and pulled down the broken parts of a chimney stack and started re-building it.

Note: Fred wouldn't have known quite yet... but the Allies were beginning to approach/capture flying-bomb launching areas... I don't say 'sites', because I believe there was some mobility in launchers? - Tony

30 August 2014

30th August 1944: bombed and bewildered

"She was standing outside her damaged house looking bewildered, her furniture piled up in the road waiting for the lorry to take it away."

30 Wed. Very mild, mostly cloudy.  From 7.45 to 8.4 a.m. no incident. Got the groceries locally, of course; also bought cats meat in Morden and fish in Martin Way. From 12.0 noon to 12.20 p.m. no incident. The workmen made good headway re-building the timberwork of the roof: it seems our house is the last to be repaired on this side of the road, the rest are condemned. The bomb which fell at 9.15 last evening fell nearly opposite Holy Cross Church in Adela Av. I went there this morning and found the bomb fell only a few doors from Lydia Godrey’s. She was standing outside her damaged house looking bewildered, her furniture piled up in the road waiting for the lorry to take it away.

29 August 2014

29th August 1944: doctor's dispenser and his housekeeper killed

29 Tues. Very mild, cloudy & dull; showers. Warning from 11.24 to 11.42 distant SE, one in SE. From 12.10 to 1.23 p.m. one through to NE did not hear it go off and one in E. From 1.52 to 2.19 p.m. one through to N, no explosion. Started to cycle to Cheam cats’ meat shop when warning went at 2.45 p.m: saw two bombs flying at prodigious speed NW: they flew right out of hearing: all clear at 3.5 p.m. From 5.35 to 5.47 p.m. one NE, one SE. From 6.45 to 6.55 p.m. no incident. From 7.12 to 7.27 p.m. no incident. Posted letter to Ciss. Dr Pritchard was injured, his lady dispenser and his housekeeper killed in the Lambton Rd bombing yesterday. From 8.45 to 9.0 p.m. one fell in S after short glide. From 9.15 one came very near, its engine stopped; a short loudly screaming glide ensued followed by the explosion: it fell very near in SW, all clear 9.35 p.m. Fire engines raced along Bushey Road. From 10.17 to 10.40 p.m. one to northward out of hearing, one distant in SE. Warning at 11.0 p.m. one through to N out of hearing: all clear at 6.20 a.m. on 30 Wed.

28th August 1944: damaged house collapsed in the wind

28 Mon. Very mild, some nice sunny periods. Got some things at the grocers and post-office in morning. Bought fish at Cheam in afternoon. Warning at 2.40 p.m. A gliding bomb fell in Lambton Road on Dr Pritchards house and destroyed it with several others. Went to see if Len and Emily Garrods house was safe: it was damaged but not seriously, also one more bomb in W, all clear at 3.53 p.m. From 1.20 to 3.16 p.m. no incident. Cleared the small bedroom of slates, plaster and glass debris and swept the floor. A squad of workmen started demolishing damaged houses in this road with a view to repairing them: one damaged house collapsed in the wind this morning.

28 August 2014

Dear Mother's Grave

Dear Readers,

This post is very different. Nora and Sean Galvin, who live in New Malden, saw the frequent references by Fred to 'Dear Mother's grave'. They set out to locate and photograph this. Nora also researched Fred's family history through census records; the resulting information now informs much of the detail entered under 'Family & homes' on the right-hand side of this blog.

At this stage, I'll show their photos with Nora and Sean's captions here. So this entry does't get lost in the daily journal, I'll create a separate web page - but that's for later.  

St Mary The Virgin,
Merton Park
Walk to the left of the cross,
 some way alongside the wall,

 to a gate...

'Dear Mother's grave'
- now sadly neglected
Through the gate, the grave is about
20ft to the left

The grave, opposite Merton Park Primary school,
separated by a footpath, outside the wall,
which goes through to Erridge Road 

The grave is shaded by the trees to the far left

27 August 2014

27th August 1944: lovely enjoyable day... not many bombs

Nonsuch Park. (Photo: Roger Miller via Wikipedia)
27 Sun. Rather warm, lovely sunny day: perfect, without being too hot. Painted cement fillets in shelter to make them rain-proof. Also painted the non-galvanised bay of shelter to save it from being rusted away. Enjoyable cycle ride in evening through Worcester Park, Old Maldon, Ewell, first time I have been along the by-pass to East Ewell, returning along Nonsuch Park Lane, through Cheam home. Warning at 6.40 a.m. one fairly near in W, three in SE, two fairly near in E, one in NE, all clear at 7.30 a.m.

26 August 2014

26th August 1944: sweet relief

26 Sat. Rather warm, lovely sunny day. To butchers in morning and got my week’s meat ration, 1/2d worth of stewing lamb. Ciss already had her meat ration and took it to Bedford with her. One or two small purchases locally. To Merton to buy fish. Mrs McSheely wants us to occupy her house for a fortnight while they are away on holiday and to look after their chickens and cats: I do not feel equal to it, quite apart from the fact I know nothing about fowls. There have been no flying bombs since 7.30 a.m. yesterday morning and this is now late Sat. night.

25 August 2014

25th August 1944: most children have gone away

25 Fri. Very mild, much nicer to-day with some pleasant sunshine. From 7.10 to 7.30 a.m. one bomb in SE. Did the Friday morning shopping but will get my meat ration to-morrow. Gave a toffee each to Pamela Easterbrook and Nita Hart: dear little girls; it made them happy, they did not ought to be in this danger spot, most children have gone away. Went to Tolworth in afternoon. Saw some sticky-burrs growing by the roadside so gathered some for Anthony and he did so enjoy throwing them on people: he had not seen them before.

24 August 2014

24th August 1944: many bombs... again... saw smoke

24 Thur. Very mild, dismal, rain setting in midday, thunder in afternoon. From 2.45 to 6.0 a.m. one fairly near. From 6.15 to 6.45 a.m.: one through to E and very many distant in SE. From 7.35 to 7.50 a.m. one through to N. Did some shopping locally in afternoon. From 5.45 p.m. Two went to northward; I saw one dive probably on the Common, also one in E, one S, one near in S, saw the smoke; one very near in W, one NE, one distant SE, one S, all clear 8.33 p.m. From 9.3 to 9.55 p.m. no incident.

23 August 2014

23rd August 1944: Paris free... to Len's for wireless news

23 Wed. Mild, getting warmer; fine sunny afternoon. Did shopping locally in morning also to Morden. Warning at 4.35 a.m. Seven at various distances SE, one through to N; all clear 6.15 a.m. From 7.50 a.m. two went through to N, did not hear them go off: all clear at 8.40. From 9.12 to 9.35 a.m. no incident. Went for an enjoyable cycle ride in afternoon, through Malden: saw damage at the fountain, Norbiton, down Kingston Hill and home over the Common. To Len Garrod’s in evening to hear the wireless news bulletin. The people of Paris* have risen and freed their own city from the Germans. What grand news. Warning from 8.45 to 9.15 p.m. four flew over to northwards, heard three go off, not very far away.

*On this day: Resistance forces have largely freed Paris after very difficult fighting... then a cease-fire. (Fred's own radio presumably a victim of bombing of his home.) But US and French forces blocked at Versailles. US 5th Division take Fontainbleu.

At the English Channel coast, Deauville is taken, led by Belgium troops.  

Also on this day, Rumania surrenders to Soviet terms.

21 August 2014

21st August 1944: 20ft deep crater at Joseph Hood's

21 Mon. Chilly, dismal, driving N wind: rain commencing midday. Warning at 2.20 a.m. one in S, one beside tennis courts in Joseph Hood’s ground, setting fire to a lorry stationed there: one very distant in SE: all clear 6.5 a.m. From 11.15 to 11.40 am, one very distant in NE. To Morden cats’ meat shop in morning. At 12.25 p.m. one through to NW did not hear it explode. Three passed almost overhead and to northward, going off a few miles away: all clear 1.25 p.m. Bought fish in Morden and gas mantle in Raynes Park. At 2.42 pm two went off to northward probably on the Common: all clear 3.2 p.m. From 7.45 to 7.58. One through to N: one distant SE. Workmen removed what was left of the roof and built a temporary structure with tarpaulins draped over it to allow the rain to run off; this is much better. Saw the crater in Joseph Hood’s; it is 20 ft. deep. From 8.15 to 8.43 p.m. one in SE, one distant in SE. Ciss went to Dolly Cooper’s at Wilstead to-day for a fortnight’s holiday. Warning at 11.10 p.m. one in S, one distant in S, one through to N, did not hear it go off. Three very near ones. Have been told one was in Haydon’s Rd & another at Malden Fountain: and one in SE: all clear 6.25 a.m. on 22 Tues.

20 August 2014

20th August 1944: flying-bomb raids continue

20 Sun. Very mild, cloudy, dull: deluge until midday. Warning at 11.20 p.m. One down in Home Park Rd, two in S, one right through to W, one distant SE: all clear 6.58 a.m. From 8.55 a.m. one through to W, did not hear it explode; one distant in S: all clear at 9.15 a.m. From 10.35 a.m. three down in S, two right overhead, continuing to N, did not hear them go off: all clear at 11.0 a.m. From 11.45 a.m. one down in S: one passed right overhead and went off a few miles to northward: one fairly near in NE: all clear at 12.10 p.m. From 2.10 p.m. one down in John Innes Horticultural Institution*: no deaths and only slight if widespread damage: saw it later: one through to N, one in E, all clear 2.34 p.m. From 3.30 to 4.29 p.m. no incident. Short cycle ride in evening.

*Note: The John Innes Horticultural Institution was founded in 1910 at Merton ParkSurrey (now London Borough of Merton), with funds bequeathed by John Innes, a merchant and philanthropist. The Institution occupied Innes's former estate at Merton Park until 1945 when it moved to BayfordburyHertfordshire. It moved to its present site, in Norwich in 1967. - Wikipedia

19 August 2014

19th August 1944: tarpaulin over bombed roof

19 Sat. Very mild, cloudy, rain in afternoon. Warning at 3.12 a.m. One flying bomb roared over from SE to NW to explode at Norbiton: all clear at 6.0 a.m. From 6.45 to 7.5 a.m. no incident. Workmen removed most of the damaged roof and put tarpaulin on. From 2.35 to 2.55 p.m. one very distant in the SE. To Wimbledon to do some shipping also did some locally in afternoon. Cycle ride up Coombe Hill where I saw some bomb damage, returning through Malden; this in evening. Warning from 9.1 to 9.31 p.m. one very distant in SE.

18th August 1944: ...two for tea

18 Fri. Rather warm, some hazy sunshine. Warning from 7.8 to 7.25 a.m. no incident. To the butchers, bakers and newsagents in the morning. To Wimbledon in afternoon to buy two cups and saucers. Posted letter to Lieut. Marshall. Started writing letter to Chas. Staden. Mr. Tout called and was surprised to see our bomb damage. Cycle ride along Robin Hood Way in evening.

17 August 2014

17th August 1944: sirens but no bombs.. bought sausages & salt

17 Thur. Rather warm, some hazy sunshine but not so fine as yesterday. From 6.18 a.m. to 7.6 a.m. no incident. From 7.46 to 8.0.a.m. no incident. From 8.20 to 8.50 a.m. no incident. From 9.20 to 10.2 a.m. one down in E. From 1.23 to 1.43 p.m. no incident. From 2.55 to 3.20 p.m. no incident. From 4.0 to 4.5 p.m. no incident. From 4.20 to 4.35 p.m. no incident. To Wimbledon bought fish. Bought sausage meat and salt locally in afternoon. My cycle brakes are very powerful now. From 8.45 to 8.55 p.m. no incident.

Popular posts in Fred's diary

Note from Tony

You may be interested in knowing what aspects of this blog are attracting particular attention. Well, occasional correspondence gives the most personal picture, and that doesn't always appear as 'comments'. The most 'popular posts' are listed (automatically) if you scroll down and look to the left. Top of the poll is this (link here) Thursday 15th August 1940 headed Battle of Britain, which has been viewed 2,295 times. The heading attracts mentions in searches, but also I added old plates of Croydon Aerodrome, and blog-reader Fred Brewer supplied detailed information. Quite a few readers find this page via Wikipedia.

Next most popular, with 918 readers, is (link here) Monday 3rd March 1941. I'm puzzled by that. Given the many competing entries of interest it doesn't seem special!

By far the most detailed entry, and deservedly popular, is a detailed letter from a reader - Fred Brewer again - seen here: Letter from a reader in 2011. That has been visited 245 times. Perhaps you'll make it 246!

The biggest single boost to readership came with a mention in a local newspaper - a major community project then became interested - but there is ongoing interest through references in a local guide and at libraries.

Regards to all readers. Your feedback, and telling people about the blog, are most welcome.

Tony French

16 August 2014

16th August 1944: buildings collapsing...

16 Wed. Rather warm, lovely sunny day. From 5.35 to 5.55 a.m.: no incident. From 7.10 to 7.35 a.m.: one right through to NE did not hear it explode. From 8.40 a.m. three distant in SE, one at Colliers Wood; this must have been serious as buildings could be heard collapsing for some time after the bomb exploded, two in SE, one right through to N: all clear at 9.5 a.m. From 9.55 a.m. one distant in E, one distant NE, all clear at 10.7 a.m. To butchers, bought liver; to grocers to get the rations etc. Went for pleasant cycle ride to W. Ewell in afternoon.
Warning from 4.50 to 5.5 p.m. no incident.
From 5.40 to 6.10 .p.m. no incident.
From 6.7 p.m. to 6.55 p.m. no incident.
From 7.5 to 7.30 p.m. no incident.
From 7.50 to 8.30 p.m. no incident.
From 9.5 to 9.15 p.m. no incident.
Replaced cycle brake lever and cable knocked off by Hitler’s bomb: made a good job of it.

Note: today, Fred wrote the afternoon and evening air-raid warnings in a line-by-line layout, followed here.

15 August 2014

15th August 1944: ...bought a newspaper

15 Tues. Rather warm, fine sunny day but rather busy. Bought a few things locally and fish at Morden. Went to see Mrs. Collis who was very near the Vernon Av. bombing; she is suffering from shock and is receiving treatment. Also went to Vernon Av. and found the Boyer and Livitt families quite safe but the houses and homes damaged. From 2.15 a.m. two down very distant S, one through to N: it came down at Fulham: all clear at 6.0 a.m. From 9.5 a.m. to 9.45 a.m. one down on Wimbledon Park Golf Course and one distant in E. From 2.10 p.m. to 2.35 p.m. one very distant SE. From 3.45 to 4.5 p.m. one very distant E. From 5.55 p.m. to 6.10 p.m. one in S. From 6.45 to 7.5 p.m. one fairly near in S. In afternoon bought a paper in Wimbledon; Allied forces have landed in the south of France*. Continued cycling to Wimbledon Common and home.

*On this day:  US Seventh Army forces land between Toulon and Cannes in the south of France, together with three divisions from VI Corps, followed by French Corps. French commando units land by sea and air; 5,000 men from a parachute group drop near Le Muy. The major operation is named 'Dragoon' (changed from a possibly compromised name, 'Anvil'). 

14 August 2014

14th August 1944: our shelter shaken backwards and forwards

14 Mon. Rather warm, fine sunny day. Warning at 6.55 a.m. two distant in SE, one in S, and one fell in the gardens between Vernon Av and Carlton Prk Av: the death toll is said to be heavy: all clear at 7.15 a.m. I went to Vernon and found the Smith’s and the McAinsh’s quite safe but houses were blasted. Laura Ashenden’s house is damaged by blast with plaster and glass strewn everywhere. I inquired after Mrs and Maisie Boyer but their names were not on the casualty list. Ciss and I were in the Anderson shelter which shook backwards and forwards several times when the bomb fell; we saw the great column of smoke which, drifting with the wind, gave us the impression the bomb was further off than it really was. Cycled to Tolworth in afternoon. It is Dad’s eighty-second birthday today. Took his presents and a birthday card. Anthony likes me now and we had a lark together. Cycle ride round the houses in evening and to pay the club.

13 August 2014

13th August 1944. Tea with a homely couple

13 Sun. Rather warm, lovely sunny day. To tea at Pontifexes at Worcester Park; they are very homely, pleasant people who make one feel at home. There is little else to report today. Oh, a warning at 7.52 a.m. two down in SE, two near in SE, one near in S: all clear at 8.15 a.m. From 10.55 pm, two bombs in SE, two in S: all clear 6.0 a.m. on 14 Mon.

On this day: Joseph Kennedy, brother to the later US President, died in a mission launched from the WWII airfield at this nephew's (Tony's) 2014 home village of Dunkeswell in Devon.  Link to airfield museum's Facebook entry    

12 August 2014

12th August 1944: a busy day... oh yes, and a couple of bombs

12 Sat. Cool dull morning, fine warm sunny afternoon; nice sunset. To greengrocers in morning to buy cabbage and carrots. To Morden in afternoon to buy fish also bought a birthday card for Dad. Thence to Wimbledon and bought a good quality cup and saucer (very rare) and a shaving stick for Dad. Made a rough ventilated box for Mr. Hockney to take Tibby to Maidstone in. A man who came to recover some articles from the ruined No 74 accepted a cup of tea and some cake. Warning at 11.5 p.m. two down in SE, all clear 7.0 a.m. on 13 Sun.

11 August 2014

11th August 1944: old lady killed who refused to use Anderson

11 Fri. Rather warm, some pleasant sunshine. Warning from 12.45 to 6.0 a.m. no incident. From 7.25 to 7.40 a.m. Two distant in SE, one very distant in E, one fairly near in N after flying through almost overhead: nasty noise! Got the usual Friday morning shopping, including buying fish at Morden. From 2.5 to 2.30 p.m. no incident. To churchyard in evening to water Dear Mother’s grave. An old lady was killed in the Whatley Av. bombing yesterday; she was one who would never go into a shelter, yet Anderson shelters in the gardens of houses of houses completely destroyed are intact! There are still people who think they are safer in houses than in shelters. Warning at 11.5 p.m.: one in SE, one went right over to explode a few miles to northward; all clear at 6.55 a.m. on 12 Sat.

10 August 2014

10th August 1944: coal, a gas mantle & a very noisy bomb

10 Thur. Between very mild and rather warm, some fine gentle sunshine. Warning from 6.0. a.m. no incident. Bought gas mantle etc. locally, also fish at Merton in morning. Alan McAinsh came in afternoon and shovelled our coal, left lying loose since the bombing, into sacks. From 5.45 to 6.2 p.m. A flying bomb came from the SE, its engine stopped, glided a short distance then dived with an indescribable noise which affected my head for a few minutes. It fell and destroyed many houses in Whatley Avenue and did more damage to an already shattered house. Alf’s house in Botsford Rd, very near to the bomb, escaped with a few broken windows and a ceiling down.

9 August 2014

9th August 1944: buildings could be heard crashing down

Paul's Scarlet Climber Rose
9 Wed. Rather warm, fine day with quite a lot of sunshine. From 6.20 a.m: one near in E. It fell at Christchurch Road, Collier’s Wood, damaging the church; buildings could be heard crashing down long after the sound of the bomb: also one in SE and one distant in SE: all clear 7.25 a.m. Workmen started putting more boards in living room ceiling but were called suddenly away to repair serious damage to *London Hospital, Whitechapel. Got the groceries also to butchers and bought fish in Wimbledon. To Worcester Park in afternoon and saw serious damage there also at Motspur Park. Put in new stake to Paul’s Scarlet Climber rose.

Click for Wiki details of the London Hospital which dates from 1740.

8 August 2014

8th August 1944: workmen in living-room

8 Tues. Rather warm, fine sunny afternoon and evening. Warning from 8.55 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. Eight bombs at varying distances in S and SE. Bought something at chemists also writing pad at the post office. In afternoon to Morden but could only buy fish at Merton. Workmen pulling down dangerous parts of living-room ceiling and putting up plaster board. Warning at 11.0 p.m. Only one down very distant in S: all clear 5.55 a.m. on 9 Wed.

7 August 2014

7th August 1944: screeching bomb

7 Mon. Bank Holiday. Cool, dull morning, but rather warm, fine sunny afternoon and evening. From 7.25 to 7.40 a.m. one down in S, one very distant S. From 10.55 to 11.10 a.m. one down beside the railway this side of Malden Station; it glided over here with a screeching sound. Short cycle ride along Morden Rd. in evening. Short cycle ride in evening and to dear Mother’s grave. Warning at 11.10 p.m. one very distant in S, one near in SE: buildings could be heard tumbling down: one distant in S; one S: all clear at 6.30 a.m. on 8 Tues.

6 August 2014

6th August 1944: just Sunday bombs...

6 Sun. Very mild, cloudy, thunderstorm later. From 12.25 to 7.55 a.m. five distant bombs. At 1.25 p.m. three in SE, one through to N, one in E, one near in SE, all clear at 2.7 p.m. From 5.5 p.m. three distant in E, one near in E, one distant in SE, one in E, one distant in S, all clear at 6.0 p.m. Short cycle ride in evening. Warning at 11.7 p.m. four flying bombs fell to southward. All clear at 6.55 a.m. on 7 Mon.

2014 - where is Uncle Fred's diary being read?

Dear Readers,

You might be interested in these statistics, which show where Uncle Fred's diary is being read.

The figures cover the week-ending 6th August 2014. The numbers represent the total viewings for the week.


Tony the nephew!

P.S. Note a comment (click 'comment' below) from a reader in New Zealand... who'd love to see comments from other readers as to why they follow Fred's diary.

5 August 2014

5th August 1944: nice sunshine... fish... and bombs

5 Sat. Between very mild and rather warm; some nice sunshine later. From 4.35 to 5.25 a.m. three very distant bombs. From 7.0 to 7.30 a.m. one in the S. To Morden, Merton & finally bought fish at Tooting. Dorothy, Margery and little Jeanette called. Alb & Lily called to see the damage in afternoon. From 4.45 to 5.5 p.m. two in SE, one very near in S, probably Lower Morden, From 7.0 to 7.25 p.m. no incident.

4 August 2014

4th August 1944: flying bomb power-diving streaming fire

4 Fri. Very mild, fine sunny day, slight showers. Warning at 11.35 p.m. last night (3rd) to 6.0.a.m. to-day (4th): no incident. To the butchers, bakers, newsagents and to buy fish in Wimbledon in morning. To Tolworth in afternoon: Anthony in his sun-suit was charming. Warning at 3.50. One in E, two in SE, all clear at 4.10 p.m. While cycling home from Tolworth sirens went at 4.30 p.m. one down in E, one in SE, all clear at 4.50 p.m. From 6.2 to 6.40 p.m. one in SE, two in S. From 7.15 to 7.45 p.m. one in S, one in SE and one very near in W which I saw power-diving down with its tail streaming fire. From 7.52 to 8.50 p.m. one down in Mitcham, saw the plume of smoke rising. The flying bomb I saw diving in the W in the 7.15 p.m. raid, fell at Motspur Park end of Claremont Av.

2 August 2014

3rd August 1944: £2 for replacement clothes

3 Thur. Mild; dull, morning but sunny later. Warning continuing from 11.30 last night to 6.30 a.m. on 3rd. During this time 37 flying bombs were heard, 7 of them being very near. From 6.40 a.m. to 9.23 a.m. one in E and three in SE. From 9.45 a.m. to 11.58 a.m. one did great damage to houses and flats on Wimbledon Hill, also one in SW and one in SE. To Wimbledon to buy undervest, pants, socks and pair of trousers as my others are stored with the furniture at Merton. From 12.25 p.m. to 12.45 p.m. two in E, one E. To Wimbledon in afternoon to buy fish for dear Dinky and to Assistance Board in Ridgeway to obtain £2 payment for replacement clothes as above. Landlord called in evening to see the damaged house.

1 August 2014

2nd August 1944: the cat came back

2 Wed. Mild; some nice sun in afternoon. Warning from 4.0 to 6.0 a.m. Three bombs distant in S. From 6.25 to 6.55 a.m. two near in the S, one went through to NE out of hearing, also one in SE. From 8.15 to 8.42 a.m. one in E, one in S. Got the groceries, also some articles from the Chemists. Warning from 12.15 to 1.13 p.m. seven at varying distances in SE, one through to N. From 2.15 to 2.35 p.m. one in NE, four in SE. Still clearing the debris from the garden; there is so much it takes a lot of labour to make a little improvement. At last after a week and two days, dear Dinky returned home safe but very frightened. The home is so different it will take a long time for him to settle down again: I had given him up for lost. Warning at 11.30 p.m.

Note: Fred’s writing is twice as black when writing the sentences about Dinky the cat.

"War is a hard school, but the Btitish, once compelled to get there, are attentive pupils."
Winston Churchill, in the House of Commons, 2 Aug 1944.