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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
January 1942
18th Cold day. Sharp frost and freezing all day. Went for walk down to the Oil Mill and saw them skating. Vera and I had another fire in the drawing- room. The invalids (parents) seem better.
17th Cold. N.E. wind. Freezing all day. Dad got dreadful cold. Sneezing all day. Mother got up. Vera and I had fire in drawing room. Mr. Churchill arrived back in England from America. The Helfya garrison in Libya has surrendered. Japs are now only 100 miles from Singapore. Had a warning at dusk to-day, 5.40 - 6.25 p.m.
16th Cold E. wind but thawed a bit. Mother in bed all day with cold.
15th Very cold day. Sharp frost 8 degrees. Wind is blowing up from S.E. this evening, sounds like snow or rain coming. Mother in bed all day with cold. Japs claim to be within 120 miles of Singapore. Big Russian successes expected soon.
14th About 1" of snow. Bus late, did not get to office until past 10. Mother got a cold coming. Had 2 raid warnings this evening 6.35 - 7.20 p.m. and then just as I had got to bed at 9.50 - 10.50 p.m. Heard a bomb just after second warning. First time warning has gone after bed-time for a long time.
13th Cold day. Covering of snow and snowed more or less all day. Thawed to-day but came on to freeze again about 5 p.m. It is snowing fast now. Had a disturbed night last night. Big bangs all night.
12th Very cold day. 10 degrees of frost. Frosty all day but glass is going down fast so expect a change is coming. Another big Russian advance. We are still withdrawing in Malaya. Turned water off.
11th Very cold day. Snowed all afternoon, about 2". Freezing hard. Went up to Majors in afternoon. Had a warning 6.40 p.m. - 7.25 p.m., first one this year. Japan invaded Dutch East Indies.
10th Cold day. Snow shower. N.E. wind. Went for walk up Union Lane. Another big advance by Russians, now 85 miles from Smolensk.
9th Cold N. wind. Snowed a little in morning and rained a little at tea time. Dad went to dentist and had first impression taken. Bus broke down at Marks Tey this morning.
8th Cold again. Russians have made further advance.
7th Cold day, sharp frost. Went fire-watching and went to Jiggins' to tea. No raid. Lost 28/-. (28 shillings = 51.86 in 2010).
6th Sprinkling of snow. Cold but sunny. Can't get rid of my cold yet. Russians have advanced 45 miles in Crimea in last 2 days. Roosevelt has ordered 60,000 planes in 1942 and 125,000 in 1943. We have made more withdrawals in Malaya.
5th Turned much colder. Snow shower at Chelmsford in afternoon, N. wind. Russians have occupied another town. Missed bus to work.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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