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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
February 1941
14th Siren went at 7.30 this evening. Quite a nice day. Could only get sausages for dinner today in restaurant.
13th Nice day. Many rumours about war developments. German action in Balkans expected. Australia warned of grave danger. Japan may enter war. Siren in evening.
12th Afternoon raid at Chelmsford. Dull day. Franco and Musso meeting. Rumoured that Italy will ask for peace terms. German invasion of Bulgaria expected.
11th Very foggy morning with white frost but broke out sunny. Saw Army lorry overturned at Kelvedon on way up. No raids today.
10th Lovely sunny day, mild. Had warning in night 1 - 3 but did not get up. Warning 7 - 11p.m., saw some flares but no bombs. Bus searched four times on way home by soldiers and police. Looking for a spy, I expect.
9th Still mild, went for 3 walks. Genoa (Italy) bombarded by Navy. Listened to Churchill broadcast. Warning in evening 7 - 10.
8th Very mild, temp. over 50 degrees. Pottered about in garden. Should have had a holiday but Ryall (work colleague) away. No raids.
7th Benghazi (Libya, North Africa) captured. Quite mild. Snow going quickly. No raids.
6th Blizzard raged most of night, snow very deep, several inches. Thawed fast. All Clear went just after 12 last night. Had a warning during afternoon.
5th Still cold with sprinkling of snow. Temp. been down to 24 degrees during night. Siren went at 6.45 p.m. but A/c after an hour. Went again at 8.45 and is still on. Several planes over. Big gale got up from South and has just started to snow.
4th Air raid as soon as I started this morning but I did not know anything about it. Siren went again at 7.10 just before I got home. Heard several planes but no bombs. Sat up till All Clear at 12. Cold day but sunny periods. 5 degrees of frost. Snowed a little at Chelmsford in morning. Lovely clear night.
3rd Freezing N. wind with sprinkling of snow. Snowed fast all the morning. Two raids at Chelmsford. One here. (Lexden). Italians retreating on all fronts.
2nd Sunny periods but cold N. wind. Went for walk round Church Lane. No raids. Sandbags for fire fighting left on step.
1st Snowed fast here in morning but only a few flakes at Chelmsford. Came out nice and sunny in afternoon, first time we have seen the sun for a fortnight. Went to town and bought a fire watching blanket. Had a look at some chairs and beds at Griffins (became independent store Williams & Griffin in the High Street, Colchester - purchased by Fenwick retail chain in 2008). Put my new cloches together. No raids.

The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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