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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
July 1940
29th Big raid on Dover Harbour. 17 of them brought down. Nice day. Men finished building walls of shelter. Had an air raid warning 5.30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
28th Lovely day. Sat out in garden. Went downstairs during night when we heard aeroplanes.
27th Dull day. Men put in step of dug-out. Garden looking very nice.
26th Wet night but nice day. Heard some bombs during night.
25th No enemy air-craft over last night. Nice day. Men started to build dug-out. 28 planes brought down.
24th New budget. Income Tax now 8/6 & 5/- in . ('/-' = shillings. 20/- = 1). Wet evening. 12 Germans shot down to-day.
23rd Had air raid warning Last night 11.45 p.m. - 2.15 a.m.. Nothing happened. Bombs at Maldon. Builders brought bricks for shelter.
22nd Nice day. 300 killed & 400 injured in 1st month of air raids.
21st 21 German plans shot down yesterday. Fanny came for day.
20th Indoor shelter arrived from Luckin Smith's & put up in kitchen. (Officially called 'Table (Morrison) Indoor Shelter'). Grass looking lovely & green.
19th Quite a nice warm day. 12 German planes brought down. Set some carrots, beets and lettuce seed.
18th Heard a bomb in night but no warning. Had some more rain. Budded roses.
17th Heavy rain all night. Kept the raiders away. Vera not feeling very well.
16th Wet day. Men laid floor of shelter. 3 shot down today. 22 ships sunk last week.



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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
Colchester


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