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
12 April 2015
12th April 1945: Roosevelt dies; troops near Berlin; bomb-damaged organ
Franklin D Roosevelt (1882-1945)
12 Thur. Very mild, lovely sunny day. Posted
letter for Ciss, also to chemists. Bought fish at Merton. Gave the mattresses
another airing in the sunshine. Washed the blast dust off the gate-legged
table, the piano and the organ: oil-rubbed the top of the organ. The organ is
badly scarred with hundreds of particles of flying glass. The action is damaged
but have not yet discovered how it takes to pieces. Gwennie came this
afternoon. Allied troops are only 60 miles from Berlin. President Roosevelt
died at 10.0 o’clock to-night as the result of a stroke. He died in the hour of
his greatest triumph: in the hour of victory over Germany. He declared war on
Hitler and did so much to help us in our national hour of need.