20 October 2014

20th October 1944: sweet ration & repair of bombed furniture

20 Fri. Rather chilly, very dull; rain all day. Got the meat and cakes and other provisions locally. Bought the weekly sweets ration. Cycled in a deluge to Merton to buy fish, thence to Morden; bought an oilstone and spade terminals at Woolworths. Also out again to grocers just before the shop shut. Nailed and glued together the front, sides and back of the hall cabinet, blown to pieces by the bomb. Warning from 5.5 to 5.30 a.m. no incident.

19 October 2014

19th October 1944: bombed loo repaired

19 Thur. Very cool, dull, cloudy. Took some knitting wool to Aunt Liza. Bought something for lunch round the corner. To Morden in afternoon to buy fish. The men repaired brickwork of lavatory* also the woodwork of roof and slated it. Warning from 8.26 to 8.40 p.m. no incident.

*The toilet was out the back, if memory serves your editor correctly.

18 October 2014

18th October 1944: "I am 56 to-day." Started repairing bombed cupboard.

18 Wed. Very cool, rain in afternoon. Got the groceries, some sausage meat and a loaf locally in morning. Started repairing the hall cupboard, knocked to bits in the bombing. Fitted new blocks to front brake of bicycle. A birthday card from little Anthony: I am 56 to-day. Warning from 11.25 to 11.45 p.m. one distant in SE.

17 October 2014

17th October 1944: Worcester Park suffered

17 Tues. Chilly, bright morning, strong wind. Heavy rain commencing midday, becoming very mild. Cycled to Cheam to buy meat. Thence to Worcester Park; saw where a flying bomb destroyed some houses in Grandison Rd. also saw where 14 houses were down in Caldbeck Av. Saw Doris & Ernie Pudney’s house with some damage. Letter, birthday card and a tie from Uncle Tom and Aunt Nellie. Warning from 10.15 to 10.23 p.m. no incident.

16 October 2014

16th October 1944: glass in front windows again

16 Mon. Very cool. Alternate bright sunshine and heavy showers. From 5.5 to 5.20 a.m. one very distant in E. The men fitted window sashes and glass to sitting room windows. Did shopping locally in morning. Bought fish in Wimbledon in afternoon and went for a short ride round Wimbledon Common. Warning from 8.25 to 8.45 p.m. no incident.

15 October 2014

15th October 1944: quiet day... a few distant bombs

15 Sun. Chilly morning, milder and calm later; not bright. Warning from 1.50 to 2.20 a.m. the sound of several flying bombs in flight very distant SE but did not hear any come down. Jean and Micky Knight took some more of their salvage away. Had an idle walk along rail-path in afternoon. From 10.40 to 10.55 p.m. no incident.