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
23 December 2014
23rd Dec 1944: a few bombs, friends and Xmas shopping
Harold Marshall, Hong Kong, 1924
23 Sat. Less cold, a little clearer. To Cheam in morning to buy
cats’ meat, including some for Tibby Veale. A very pleasant surprise visit from
Capt. Harold Marshall. An old friend who although he has got on has never
forgotten me. Thence to Wimbledon to collect my new shoes also bought sweets
and other things, eventually finishing my Xmas shopping – not an easy task in
wartime. Mrs. Akroyd called bringing my brown suit which she had been minding
since the bombing. Warning at 7.43 a.m. one down very distant N and one very
distant NE: all clear at 7.55 a.m. A rocket at 6.50 p.m. also another at 7.40