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Alwyne Diary
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March 1942
28th Another bright day but cold with East wind. Heavy fighting going on in Burma between Japs and Chinese. Mother got tooth ache bad.
27th Not quite so bright but nice and dry. Dad cut big lawn for first time. Vera cleaning my bed room. Another big raid by R.A.F. last night. 13 missing.
26th Another sunny day but with a cold East wind. Dad set first lettuce seed and first peas. Heard a bomb last night after we got to bed but no warning. Heavy raid on Germany by R.A.F. 11 missing.
25th Another lovely day 58 degrees. Mother came just outside front door. Dad rolled big lawn.
24th Lovely sunny day. Temp 50 degrees. Dad started digging. 15 German planes raided South Coast last night, mainly Dover. 2 shot down. 13 people killed.
23rd Lovely sunny day. A very eventful day. Went to see Dr. this morning and he tells me I must stay at home and have a rest. Went up to Chelmsford in afternoon to see Firman. Found Woodward there. Ryall retiring at end of month. (Firman, Woodward, Ryall - work colleagues). Heard two bombs this evening but no warning.
22nd Cold and dull 40 degrees. North East wind. Started evening services. (at Primitive Methodist Chapel in Straight Road). Warning 8.45 - 9.40 p.m.
21st Dull and cold with East wind. Can't start gardening yet. Went to see the Doctor to-night. Sat there from 6.10 - 7.30 and as he had not turned up I came home. There were 6 of us who gave it up for a bad job. There is very little happening to-day on the war fronts.
20th Dull and rather cold. Still nothing much happening.
19th More rain. Not much war news.
18th Heavy rain in night, mild. Fire-watching night, had 2 warnings, 8.15 p.m. - 9 p.m. and 10.10 - 11.10 p.m. Had to extinguish a light left burning in Godfreys. 23 Jap. ships sunk or damaged.
17th Still mild but rainy. Not feeling very well. Had a pain all day. Can't make up my mind whether to go and see the Doctor. Gen. McArthur (General Douglas MacArthur, major U.S. military figure - in charge of the Philippines, ordered out to Australia).
16th Mild again. Had a big shock to-day. Manager tells me he does not think they can keep me out of the Army. London had first daylight alert since last summer - no bombs. Very wet night.
15th Another lovely day 58 degrees. Had a warning in evening 8 - 8.55 p.m. Nothing doing. No news of importance.



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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
Colchester


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