31 July 2014
1 Aug. Tues. Very mild, a little weak sunshine. From 7.0 a.m. three in the S and one about Garth Rd. Lower Morden. All clear 7.30 a.m. Went in ’bus with Ciss to the Council Office, Morden and got some compensation for lost property. Warning from 11.0 to 11.30 a.m. heard seven in the SE. Bought a galvanised bath with money granted us for loss of bath. Did some shopping.
30 July 2014
|Cannizaro House and Park|
29 July 2014
30 Sun. Very mild mostly cloudy. Finished cementing shelter and fitted new door. During night alert a bomb fell on the *Rutlish School, also one very near in E, one near in S, one S, one SE, one N, one come from SE and made a great circular flight going N, NW, W, S and finally exploded in SE, one distant in S, also another the same; all clear at 7.40 a.m.
Went to Len Garrod’s to tea. While there an alert sent us to his shelter. Sibyl Middleton also sheltered there; she is a lovely girl, just recovered from a serious illness. Short cycle ride in evening, saw the Rutlish damage. Since the raid my diary has had to suffer, but I must try to get it going again. Warning at 11.45 p.m. Four heavy explosions in SE, two distant in SE. All clear 6.0 am on 31 Mon.
*Note: Rutlish School is a comprehensive school for boys. It is on Watery Lane, Merton Park, southwest London. It was formerly a grammar school.
28 July 2014
29 Sat. Did some shopping morning and afternoon. More cementing to shelter. Made a new door for the shelter. The night alert started at 5.55 a.m. but no record was kept. From 9.45 to 10.5 a.m. no incident. From 1.25 to 2.0 p.m. one near in W, two near in NW. From 9.40 p.m. to 10.0 p.m. one SW very near. Ron Cooper called in morning on his way from Farnborough to Dover and was surprised to see what had happened here: showed him the remains of the bomb which lay near the crater. Alf and Lily called they have just returned from Skegness.
28 Fri. Started cementing the gaping seams of the shelter. Many bombs have fallen locally and great damage has been done but I have not been able to keep a record.
27 July 2014
27 Thur. Aunt Nellie called in the morning and was horrified at the extent of the damage. Went to Council offices to obtain a War Damage Claims form. Various workmen have pulled down loose and overhanging slates and brickwork.