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27 July 2010

Wednesday 24th July 1940

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Very mild; very cool for time of year. Very dull and cloudy, rain all day but clearing up at night. Walk along Coombe Lane in the rain in evening. Gave Alan Spooner an ebonite coil formed to make a short-wave coil. Dinkey came running and growling - he had caught a mouse. That makes two he has had recently.
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On this day: Rumania seized British oil installations.
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Tuesday 23rd July 1940

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Very mild, some moderate periods of sun: calm. Alan Spooner told me he got "Lord Haw Haw", the English commentator on the German wireless on the short-wave set I gave him. Went for cycle ride to Morden Cemetery and saw the graves of Aunt Frances, Frank, and Mr Wheals. Flew the model I converted from low to high wing on the Rec. in evening getting most graceful slow-flying results. Also for a walk; met Lydia Godfrey and Dorothy Smith.
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Monday 22nd July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm, a few periods of moderate sun. Fitted new high-frequency choke to short-wave set. Tested same in evening; got three U.S.A. stations. Alan Spooner called; as the set is for him I handed it over and he is very pleased. Short walk in evening. Uncle henry is having dinner each day this week.
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25 July 2010

Sunday 21st July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm, heavy showers particularly in morning: periods of moderate sunshine. Jean and Audrey Child called. Long walk in evening - Martin Way, Morden Road, along footpath beside railway, thence over what is now the golf course to Lower Mordern, Camborne Road, Common Hill Lane and Common, home. Listened on short-waves at night, Uncle Henry came to dinner.
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On this day: Hitler ordered that plans be prepared for an invasion of the Soviet Union, assuming that German resources devoted to war with Britain would soon be freed, through capitulation or invasion and conquest.
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24 July 2010

Saturday 20th July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm; some moderate sun: rain morning and night. Flew the 37 ins high-wing on Wimbledon Common but was driven home by a heavy shower and got soaked. Made two short-wave coils for Alan Spooner.

On this day: news that Syndey, an Australian light cruiser, sank an Italian cruiser yesterday in the Med, in a fight near Crete. The cruiser was Bartolomeo Colleoni.
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23 July 2010

Friday 19th July 1940

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Between very mild & rather warm, some moderate periods of sunshine: more pleasant but for the wind. Out to buy liver for Dinkey and to take accumulator. Later took some white and mauve statice to put on Dear Mother's grave. Preparing short-wave wireless set in order to give it to Alan Spooner.
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On this day: in Germany's Reichstag, Hitler said, "...I do realise that this struggle, if it continues, can only end with the complete annihilation of one or other of the two  adversaries. Mr Chiurchill may believe this will be Germany. I know that it will be Britain."
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Thursday 18th July 1940

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Very mild, rain nearly all day, a few periods of weak sunshine. Alan Spooner brought a volt-milliammeter and I demonstrated it on my wireless set. Walk along railway line a little way afternoon and evening. Doped centre bay of 37 ins wing: now ready for test.
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Wednesday 17th July 1940

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Very mild, dull & rain in morning some sun later but boisterous cool wind. Alan Spooner comes to me for wireless knowledge. Lily & Mrs.Jones and Hilary came to tea. Walk on Wimbledon Common in evening; saw Williams and two others doing their best to smash their aeroplane models up in the wind. Letter from Harold Conrade.
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Tuesday 16th July 1940

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Mild, very cool for season; dismal, rain all day - heavy at times. Finished converting low-wing to high-wing except for doping centre panel. Alan Spooner called for wireless information; drew him some circuit diagrams. Short walk in Worple Road at night; heard piano being played beautifully in a house: most unusual nowadays.
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15 July 2010

Monday 15th July 1940

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Very mild, very dull, rain all day except for a short period in evening. Started converting my low-wing model into a high-wing for purposes of comparison. Alan Spooner brought a portable gramophone and pick-up which I tried on my set. Miss Trewin called in evening. To see Dear Mother's grave in evening which looks very nice. The self-sown marigolds have turned out to be a particularly fine variety. Alan Spooner brought a specimen of globe-thistle or echinops as he wanted to know the name. (Photo: echinops/globe-thistle. Credit: Anna via Wikipedia.)
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On this day: French Vichy Government refused Germany use of military bases in northern Africa. And plans initiated by German General Staff for invasion of England some time after 15th August along 200-mile front from Ramsgate to Lyme Regis.
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14 July 2010

Sunday 14th July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm; a very cooll evening, some moderate sun. Jean and Audrey Child called. Walk along Coombe Lane as far as Coombe Bridge then along the by-pass home.

On this day: British reconnaissance aircraft photograph barges being loaded by Germans at Channel ports in preparation for an invasion of Britain.
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13 July 2010

Saturday 13th July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm: some moderate sunshine, rather gusty. Did the floors as usual. Bought a tin of Kit-E-Cat food for Dinky. Flew the lifting fuselage model on Wimbledon Common with grand results. Alan Spooner flew his but after a few good flights he overwound his motor and broke it. Dad came home from Tolworth today.
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Friday 12th July 1940

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Very mild, actually cool for season. Very cloudy rain: rough chilly wind. A rotten day altogether. Stayed in till evening when I walked a little along the line; saw loco Sir Walter Raleigh.

Thursday 11th July 1940

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Very mild, very cloudy, with just a few bursts of sun; boisterous cool wind. To Wimbledon along railway line. Bought shoe-laces at Woolworths and ox heart for Dinky. Saw locos Lord Nelson and Lord Colingwood both with 24 ins. diameter chimneys. Alan Spooner called about improving a loud-speaker cone. Short walk in evening; watched gun practice on the fields.
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Photo: a branch of Woolworths on its closing day, 70 years later. (Via Wikpedia.)

Wednesday 10th July 1940

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Rather warm, getting cooler. Very cloudy and dull, downpour of rain in evening. Work in the garden - hoeing, weeding and tying up. Mrs.Denney - Ivy Hersey called. Listened on the short waves; longest distance was W.G.E.A New York. Short walk in late evening; noticed a searchlight has now been installed at ant-aircraft station on the playing fields.

11 July 2010

Tuesday 9th July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm; a few sunny periods. Hoed over nearly half the garden and tied up perrenials. Audrey Child called; have not seen her since she went to Horsell near Woking last september in order to avoid expected air raids on London which have not occurred so she has come back. Went for short cycle rise with the Spooner boys; tried each others' machines. Put back balsa wheels and undercarriage of aero.
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On this day: Bitish and Italian navies fought in Mediterranean.
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Monday 8th July 1940

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Between very mild and rather warm. Very cloudy for the most part, but a few periods of moderate sun. A spoke nipple broke in the rim of my cycle; Alan Spooner gave me another which I fitted & made a perfect repair. Alan brought in a ???ode (pentode? periode?) and two screened-grid valves for me to see. Fred Spooner showed me an elementary crystal set; I gave him the parts to make a more efficient set. Mrs.Winsley called me in to see her 5 valve portable wireless; the high-tension battery was completely exhausted. Flew the lifting fuselage model on the rec in evening with a high-wing with grand results. A young man and his wife were very interested in it, and I invited them both to launch it in turn which they did successfully.
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On this day: Aircraft from HMS Hermes torpedoed Richelieu, a French battleship, at Dakar (then in French West Africa).
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7 July 2010

Sunday 7th July 1940

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Very mild. Terrific deluge of rain in morning & subsequent showers: very cloudy. To Wimbledon Common in evening to see others fly; helped Gunter(?) with his R.W.Cadet model. Saw rainbow from Common in evening.
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Saturday 6th July 1940

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Rather warm getting cooler. Rain in morning, cloudy. Polished the floors. More work assembling the bike. To Wimbledon Common in evening. Flew low-wing with good results. Saw Knight and Double(?). Then Jones and Booker came up with lightweights; Jones doing exceptionally well as he always does.
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5 July 2010

Friday 5th July 1940

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Rather warm, some moderate sun, pleasant. Bought more cycle enamel at Whitbournes. Finished the bike except final adjustments. Walk along line in evening; saw that local electric trains are now being painted in the new light malachite green. Alan brought in one valve amplifier for me to see.

On this day: French aircraft from Vichy Government attacked Gibraltar - Britain's Royal Navy had destroyed French ships in North Africa. Roosevelt began limited embargo on shipments to Japan.
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4 July 2010

Thursday 4th July 1940

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"Bombs have been dropped nearby: an old lady at a farmhouse and some cows have been killed..."

Between very mild and rather warm, not much sun to-day: quite cool at night. Cleaned the 3 speed gear of cycle and painted the rim of other wheel aluminium. Started enamelling the frame of cycle black. Lily, also her sister Nellie**  from Basingstoke called in afternoon. Nellie said the Germans come every night and bombs have been dropped nearby: an old lady at a farmhouse and some cows have been killed. Lily asked Dad to go back to Tolworth with her as her Czech refugee boys are getting troublesome. Gave Alan Spooner some instructions of the functioning of radio valves. Short walk at night.

**Note: Nellie Jones lived at 12, Soper Grove, Basingstoke, near the railway station. Her husband, Frank, had been a guard on the railways. Their son, John, was in the RAF.
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Wednesday 3rd July 1940

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Warm, slight showers in morning, later fine and some sun, gettiny cloudy. More work, sand-papering frame and rims of bicycle: painted one rim aluminium. Changed tyres back to front and vice versa.as the back one was worn the most. Cleaned front wheel bearings. Alan Spooner called; he went to see the Hurricane fighter wings at Coombe Bridge garage. Walk along line in evening. Heard the two bombs which the Germans dropped in Kent this afternoon.
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3 July 2010

Tuesday 2nd July 1940

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Warm, grand day with a lot of warm sun but a freshening breeze. Bought a new inner tube for my bicycle, also a tin each of black enamel and silver paint at Whitbourne's. Fitted new inner tube and took machine down with a view to re-enamelling it: did the mudgards - look very well. Watered Dear Mother's grave; getting very dry. Posted letter to Harold Conrade. Watered the garden.
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On this day:

  • Hitler ordered the invasion of Britain, in Operation Sealion.
  • RAF dropped first 2,000lb bomb, at Keil, on battleship Sharnhorst. Another source records a one-ton bomb, the largest of the war, so far, failing to be dropped by a Hampden bomber in the military area and eventually being dropped in a non-military area. The reports do not necessarily conflict - but suggest the lack here at least of a clear account. 

Monday 1st July 1940

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Warm, fine sunny day, without being hot. Uncle Henry to tea. He took dad for a walk on Cannon Hill Common. Bought some rabbit for Dinkey. Drew out two crystal receiver circuits for Alan Spooner. With him to fly our models on Joseph Hoods in evening with excellent results. My low-winger came down among potato plants in a garden in Whatley Avenue. At night the scent of jasmine was lovely.
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Sunday 30th June 1940

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Warm, lovely sunny day but with a cooling E.breeze. Jean Child called. Met Chas with little Gwen. Walked along Coombe Lane in evening. At Coombe Bridge Garage saw a number of Hawker Hurricane wings stacked up outside; presumably they are repaired there. Walkled to the top of Coombe Lane.
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2 July 2010

Saturday 29th June 1940

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Warm, grand sunny day but with a tempering breeze. Polished the floors. To get my overcoat from the cleaners, also to fetch the accumulator. In evening flew the high-wing lightweight on Wimbledon Common with excellent results: saw Knight and Houble(?). Also Williams and his boys. The scent of the lime-blossom is lovely again this evening.

Friday 28th June 1940

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Rather warm, some genial sunny periods, ,ovelt evening. Weede part of the garden and cut the lawn. In afternoon to buy something for Dinkey. Alan Spooner brought back loud-speaker. Flew the low-wing model on Wimbledon Common in evening with excellent results in the small space** now available. Saw some boys I knew with models. The boy with the 'Duro' plane could not get results so I fixed the tail of mine to his and it flew with perfect steadiness; so he is going to make a new tail like mine. Saw another modellist I know who had a smale-scale Messerschmitt 109. The air tonight is redolent with the perfume of lime blossom.
**Note: Fred said wartime anti-tank trenches and searchlight batteries etc on Wimbledon Common had restricted the area which aircraft models could be flow - the need areas in which to land on reasonable smooth ground, even assuming the modellists are allowed into WWII 'military' areas.
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Thursday 27th June 1940

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Rather warm, some genial sunshine, pleasant. Went out in afternoon to buy liver for Dinkey also something at the chemists; returning along little rail path. Lent Alan Spooner a loudspeaker; he likes it better than his own. With him to fly his  models on the Rec. Good results in rather a gusty wind. I flew my low winger. His large machine flew off the Rec and into the wall of a house in Cannon Hill lane & damaged the leading edge of the wing.
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On this day: President Roosevelt declared a national emergency. German troops reached the French-Spanish border. The French army in Syria surrendered to Germany. Factories in the Soviet Union switched to seven-day working weeks. 
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Wednesday 26th June 1940

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Very mild, slight showers in morning, gentle sun later, cool N.wind. Gave Alan Spooner two resistances and a condenser to form an intervalve coupling unit for their wireless, their unit having broke down. Alan fitted the new parts and got better results than before. To Conrade's in evening; took a sprig of the yellow rose Phyllis Gold for him to bud a briar stock. Also took a bloom to show him what it is like. Mrs Akroyd called later. Gave her some roses.
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