30 September 2014

30th Sept 1944: nice roast pork

30 Sat. Mild, fine sunny day. Cycled to N. Cheam to buy cats’ meat in morning. Cooked a very nice roast pork dinner. To Haydon’s Rd. in afternoon. I saw a cycle saddle in a shop there but only to find it was a small ladies saddle: I am needing a new one. Came home via Morden, buying a paper there. Warning from 4.40 to 5.7 a.m. one very distant bomb: not located.

29 September 2014

29th Sept 1944: 'condemned' house being repaired

29 Fri. Mild, cloudy. Got the week-end meat and other provisions in morning. Received letter from Mrs. Veale to which I replied with pleasure because I could tell her, her house was not condemned after all, and that repairs are progressing rapidly. Cycled to Kingston in afternoon; Saw the river for first time this year. Went to see Aunt Liza who has had a bad attack of asthma and went into hospital to-day. Heard a flying bomb come down at 5.25 a.m. and another 5.45 a.m. both very distant E; we got no warning here. Warning at 8.40 p.m: one very distant in E, all clear 9.4 p.m. From 9.32 to 9.55 p.m. no incident.

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,

27 September 2014

27th Sept 1944: a hard day's work

27 Wed. Very rough, chilly morning, but bright sunny afternoon; heavy showers later. Warning from 3.50 to 4.5 a.m: one bomb a few miles away but not located. Got the groceries in morning, also to the butchers and other shops locally. Got a labourer to clear shavings, scraps of wood, plaster, and odd pieces of plaster-board from the upstairs rooms also the front room downstairs. I then swept up and the place looks much tidier. I then carried all Mrs. Knight’s salvage – up till now stored in our front room, upstairs in readiness for the men to board in the ceilings and walls in front downstairs room and the hall. A busy day of hard work.

26th Sept 1944: pickled shallots and a cup of tea

26 Tues. Very chilly, rough morning, but fine sunny afternoon, but the sun has little warmth in it now. To N. Cheam to buy some good cats’ meat. To Morden in afternoon to buy a paper. Mr. Sears brought some gifts from the Harvest Festival including a large loaf and some fruit and vegetables, also a 1/2lb. tin of cocoa and a jar of pickled shallots. The minister said the gifts should be distributed to people who were bombed out. Mr Honor called, so I gave him a cup of tea and some cake.

25th Sept 1944: shocked woman

25 Mon. Very cool, rough, chilly wind. Fairly bright afternoon. Mr. Evans the landlord called; he was dissatisfied with the repair to the front of the house. Mrs. Hockney and her son called in afternoon; made a cup of tea for them. To Wimbledon to buy fish. Went through Graham and Herbert Road to see the damage and met a Civil Defence woman who was in a Morrison shelter in the house that got the direct hit. She was previously bombed out of Cliveden Rd. The lady was uninjured but had to go to Somerset for a few weeks on account of shock. Warning from 5.15 to 5.35 a.m. A flying bomb from NE to SW: it flew over Epsom and beyond: I heard it explode but distantly.