28 September 2014

28th Sept 1944: 4 killed, many houses detroyed

28 Thur. Very chilly but calm; the sun never really broke through. Mrs. Calver’s house at No. 70 has been condemned – unjustly, I think, as others in worse condition are going to be repaired: I advised her to make a fuss about it. Bought fish in Morden in morning. Bought cats meat in Merton in afternoon. Saw very severe damage in Havelock Rd, near Haydon’s Rd. where two flying bombs fell only 100 yards apart. Four people were killed which is remarkable considering the number of houses destroyed and damaged. Damage was also done in Kingsley Rd, Kohat Rd, Plough Lane and to Wimbledon football stands. Also saw where a bomb fell on the railway beside the flyover destroying houses in Strathearn Rd.

"The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer - not even here where we sedulously cultivate it even in its most repulsive form."
 Winston Churchill in the House of Commons, 28 Sept 1944.

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