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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
November 1940
26th Nice dry day. Fan still in bed. No raids last night. 3 sirens today at Chelms. Another quiet night.
25th Dull cold day. Fanny in bed all day with bad cold. Greek advance continues. One siren, nice quiet evening - no raid.
24th Glorious sunny mild day. Went for some nice walks. Wore raincoat. Two bombs at Kingsford in evening. Mother got up 1st time for week. 200 raids.
23rd Nice bright day. Had holiday & spent day in garden. Took up Geraniums & set some bulbs. Trimmed up long path. Siren in evening.
22nd Some rain in night. Oil bombs (large incendiary bomb containing a mixture of oil and high explosive) dropped at Fordham. Greeks capture Koritza. Siren only went once today for 10 minutes. Nice quiet evening.
21st Raid 12.45 a.m. - 8.20 a.m. Got up, heard a few bombs. Lovely mild day 60o. Bombs dropped at Chelmsford this afternoon. 2 killed.
20th Rained early but nice day. No day raids. Had a nice quiet evening. Hungary joins the Axis (Axis Power/Partners/Community - Germany was unofficially the leader). Greeks still advancing.
19th Dry day but rather cold. Mother a little better but still in bed. Siren just gone (7.45 p.m.).
18th Dull & damp. No sirens until evening but heard nothing. Mother's still in bed with bad cough. My cold better. Greeks trying to take Koritza.
17th Lovely sunny day. Had to stay in all day with my cold. Mother's very bad. Had 4 sirens but heard nothing. Greeks advancing. Rain got in shelter again.
16th Cold much worse. Mother's very bad. Had dreadful raid in evening. No end of planes & bombs. Siren on for over 12 hours 6.30 - 7. Vera sat up all night. My cold bad, went to bed in afternoon. Heavy raid on Hamburg.
15th Terrible raid on Coventry last night. 1000 casualties. Cathedral destroyed.
14th Nice sunny day. Returned to office. Cold not too bad. Siren did not go till 8.45 but was on till 4 a.m. Sat up till 3. Lot of planes over. Started wearing Harris Tweed.
13th Got the cold. Big news today. Fleet Air Arm cripples Italian Navy. 3 Battleships badly damaged. Very wet & rough night.

The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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