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28 May 2017

28th May 1948: my mother and father's grave

28 Fri. Rather cool, very dull and heavily overcast; little wind. Did all the usual shopping locally: to Morden to buy cats meat. In evening to the grave; dug it over and forked in peat and hop manure: it is now ready for summer planting.
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Dear Readers of this blog,

With so many new readers as the result of recent local newspaper publicity, let's see again these photos from a year or so ago.

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 and homes' . Since their search began, this diary has recorded the death, shortly before Christmas, of Fred's father - also named Frederick James. His body was laid to rest in the same grave.

Here are their photos with Nora and Sean's captions.  

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






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