Cynthia’s Diary – December 22 – 31, 1940

Sun Dec 22

Did not go out today.

Mon Dec 23

Went to Horsham.  Bought presents.  Had tea in Cotswold. List (or Lots) Xmas card.

Tues Dec 24

Christmas Eve.  Filled Pam’s and Wendy’s stockings. Went to Alfold and Cranleigh.  Saw soldiers.  Also spoke to two Royal Artillery, arranged date.  Also spoke to sentry.

Wed Dec 25 Christmas Day

Had plenty of drink, chicken, pud etc., had party.  June came. Played piano with Daddy.  Impersonated.

Thurs Dec 26 Bank Holiday

Boxing Day.  Had more fun.  Eric came.  Went in car to Cranleigh.  Went to Mrs. Burk Myers.  Borrowed shoes!

Fri Dec 27

Saw Eric.  Went to Three Horseshoes.  Also to Railway and Onslow.  Had sherry, port, ginger wine.  Came home in car.  Eric came.  Laddered stocking 5/-.  Saw Joy???  Daddy went back today.  Had present off Dennis 6/6.  Saw Tony.  Hitler did not bomb us Xmas.

Sat Dec 28

Did not go out.  Played cards.  Won 3 ½ . ??

Sun Dec 29

Saw Ganga.???  Eric came in car.  Stayed late.  Saw Ben and Bucket.  Cleaned windows.

Mon Dec 30

Have a cold.  Allen Green is ill.  Did ironing.

Tues Dec 31

Poor little Lucky died this afternoon.  I think Ken was cruel to him.  Could have gone to pictures with Dennis, Feathers, —–.

Let’s hope the War will end soon!!

At last 1940 is over. Let’s hope peace will be restored this time next year!!

Cynthia’s Diary – December 8 – 21, 1940

Sun Dec 8

Did not go out today.  I dreamt, the other night, I visited Hitler and he promised peace.

Mon Dec 9

Had letter from Renee.  Went to Cranleigh to take chicken.  Had 6d off lady, 6d for going there and 6d for cutting hair off Mrs. Covey.

Tues Dec 10

Saw Ken, Pam caught her rabbit.  Saw Fred, Mrs. Layer’s son!

Wed Dec 11

Am looking forward to Xmas.  Have bought a few presents.  Did not go out today.  Saw Fred.

Thurs Dec 12

Saw few people!  Sent card to Ray.

Fri Dec 13

Went to village.  Saw Ben etc.  Arranged date.  Will not turn up.

Sat Dec 14

Had drinks Mummy bought. Went to flicks.  Saw Diana Churchill in “House of the Arrow”.  Also ”Roman Scandals”, Eddie Cantor.  Ben did not turn up.  Did not go to dance after all.

Sun Dec 15

Went to Cranleigh in Archies Car, Boy and Donkey way.  Had chicken dinner.

Mon Dec 16

Archie may have pub.  Did not go out today.

Tues Dec 17

Daddy is coming home soon.

Wed Dec 18

Did not go out today much.

Thurs Dec 19

Went to Guildford with June, jolly good.  On way home saw car signaling.  Had to lie in ditch owing to bombs.  Saw boys.  Paddy gave me pair of clips.

Fri Dec 20

Went to dance at Cranleigh College.  Danced with officer who was with Lady Burns. Saw Ken.  Met crowds of soldiers.  Eric kept giving us port etc.  Went in Railway and Onslow.  Met Eric Hibbs.  Arranged date.  Sat at pictures with Tony also Monday with Jack.  Nearly came home in army lorry.  Kissed me goodnight.  Came home in Armstrong car.

Sat Dec 21

Daddy came today.

Cynthia’s Diary – November 23 – December 7, 1940

Sat Nov 23

Studied stars.  Saw Ken.  Went to pictures.  Saw Willie and Bucket, Jimmey??  Saw “The Ghost Comes Home”, also Phyllis, Dorothy in “The Flying —“.  Very good.

Sun Nov 24

Archie came gave me 2/6.  Mummy went to Gibb’s Hatch.  Went ride saw Cecil.

Mon Nov 25

Went to village, to garage.  Saw Paddy, Tom and Ben.  Ben has a motor bike.  Did not hear many planes last night.

Tues Nov 26

Have got an awful cold.

Wed Nov 27

Did not go out today except to meet Pamela, Wendy from flicks and to post letter.

Thurs Nov 28

Went a bike ride.

Fri Nov 29

Went bike ride, saw soldiers, also Ken Thomson.

Sat Nov 30

Went to pictures.  Saw “King Solomon’s Mines”, Paul Robeson.  Also “over the Moon”, with Merle Oberon, Robert Harrison.  Freddie Backer came home with me.  Got off with soldiers, Australian.

Sun Dec 1

Archie came.  Went ride.  Saw bomb craters.

Mon Dec 2

Did not do much today.

Tues Dec 3

Went to flicks.  Saw “Crime does not pay”, good also Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman in “Escape to Happiness”, also Gordon Harker in “Lightning Conductor” with Sally Gray.

Wed Dec 4

Pamela went Wednesday afternoon.

Thur Dec 5

Saw Mr. Parsons and son in car??.  Had chance of job at Tickner’s Heath.  It’s the 3rd job I’ve had offered me.  Did washing.

Fri Dec 6

Went to village to get money.  Did not go out today.

Sat Dec 7

Mummy’s day off.  Did not go out.  Mummy showed me a lovely present.

Cynthia’s Diary – November 10 – 23, 1940

Sun Nov 10

Saw dog fight overhead.  Machine guns.  Went to Gibb’s Hatch.  Had lots sweets.  Pressed Beef and almond?? Fruit, coffee.  Went up to Mrs. Covey’s.  Daddy banged head.

Mon Nov 11

Did not go anywhere today as it teemed with rain.

Tues Nov 12

Mummy had day off.  We went to Horsham.  Had shoes, hat, gloves.  Had tea at Cotswold.  Missed bus.  Had to go Cranleigh way.  Had lovely time.

Wed Nov 13

Pamela, Daddy went to flicks.

Thurs Nov 14

Daddy goes back tomorrow.  Did not do much today.

Fri Nov 15

Daddy went back today.  Forgot several things.  We miss him.  Saw Ken and Norman.

Sat Nov 16

Flooded all round so cannot go to pictures.  It teemed with rain.

Sun Nov 17

Had -1 off Daddy.  Bought rabbit off Ken for dinner.

Mon Nov 18

Went to lecture.  (Ken).  I may go to pictures on Saturday with ==.

Tues Nov 19

Went to Alfold in morning.  Saw Ben Rudgewick, Bob in uniform.  Also went in afternoon, bought Bell for bike.

Wed Nov 20

Went to Cranleigh, saw Mummy.  Soldier mistook me for someone else.  Saw lots soldiers.  Saw Spikey, Bob, June.  Pam went to flicks, also Pat and Wendy.

Thurs Nov 21

Went to garage, Cranleigh.

Fri Nov 22

Bought long trousers.  Very nice.  Saw Spikey.  Butcher came.

Sat Nov 23

Studied stars.  Saw Ken.  Went to pictures.  Saw Willie and Bucket, Jimmey??  Saw “The Ghost Comes Home”, also Phyllis, Dorothy in “The Flying —“.  Very good.

Cynthia’s Diary – October 27 – November 9, 1940

Sun Oct 27

Went to Gibb’s Hatch 10/3.  Enjoyed it!  Had chicken.

Mon Oct 28

Saw spy signalling Man on bridge.  Saw Ben etc.  Wanted me to go out with them.

Tues Oct 29

Bomb dropped a few fields away.

Wed Oct 30

Went to London in van with Hugh and Mr. Wise.  4 raids, fighting overhead.  Saw damage all over place, got furniture.

Thurs Oct 31

Went to meet Mummy.  Passed her on way.  Went all way to Cranleigh.  Letter from Renee yesterday.

Fri Nov 1

My birthday.  Today I’m 16.  Had 5/- off Mummy.  Handkerchief off Pamela.  Two cards

Sat Nov 2

Had 2/6 off Mrs. Covey.  Also had gloves off family.  Lady asked way to Lord Renald’s house “Ardath”.

Sun Nov 3

Last night Basil gave me 3/- for my birthday.  Saw June.  Teased Basil.

Mon Nov 4

Had lift in lady’s car.  It is now a rumour that Joan Ellard is not dead.

Tues Nov 5

Had lift in car with Mummy.  Did not go anywhere much.

Wed Nov 6

Came new way home.  Bombs were very near last night.  Went to pictures.  Saw Kay Francis, Cary Grant, Carol Lombard in ———, also Spats to Spurs.

Thurs Nov 7

Saw Spikey.  Went to village.  Went to Cranley.  Saw Tons of soldiers.  Met Mummy with Bonzo.  Went down Guildford road.

Fri Nov 8

Went to village in morning to get money.  Last night saw flares.  Bombs drop very near.

Sat Nov 9

See lots of German planes.  Saw Ken and Norman.  Daddy came today.  Mummy had row with Hugh.  Daddy’s teeth are broken.

Cynthia’s Diary – October 13 – 26, 1940

Billie (Wilhelmina Mitchell Edwards) serving petrol at The Cranleigh Motor Co.

Sun Oct 13

Uncle Hugh went to Auntie Pat’s today.  I could have gone.

Mon Oct 14

Saw Spikey.  He still wants to go out with me.  I don’t like him though.  Hugh shot pheasant.

Tues Oct 15

Had a bath.  Did some drawing.  Last night was worst raid on London.

Wed Oct 16

Cannot remember what I did today.

Thurs Oct 17

Supposed to go out with Spikey.  Played cards, won.

Fri Oct 18

Forgot what I did today.

Sat Oct 19

Went up to Mrs. Covey’s house.

Sun Oct 20

Basil did most of bike today.  Did not go out.

Mon Oct 21

Mummy went to new job.  Got soaking wet.  Went to meet her.  Saw Spikey.

Tues Oct 22

Did not do much today.  Pam went to pictures with Auntie Pat and Uncle Hugh.

Wed Oct 23

Went to Lady Peekes.  Had rolls and tea.  Went to pictures.  Saw Ninotchicka, Jarbons Douglas, Crime does not pay and Charlie Chase.

Thurs Oct 24

Met Mummie.  Went to Cranleigh.  Saw soldiers.  Saw Norman.

Fri  Oct 25

Went to village.  Went to Garage.  Saw Paddy, —– and asked me to go out with them.  Saw Ben!  Saw a barrage balloon.  Plane machine-gunned it down and stunted??

Sat Oct 26

Pam had new bike.  Saw Ben and Paddy etc.

Cynthia’s Diary – September 29 – October 12, 1940

Sun Sept 29

Mummy busy???  Had a bath today.  Lots of apples and plums.

Mon Sept 30

June is going to get married soon.  Auntie Pat likes Basil.  Auntie Pat may get job in service.

Tues Oct 1

It will soon be my birthday.  It is getting very cold.  Daddy is a corporal now.

Wed Oct 2

Cannot remember what I did today.  Planes fly low overhead.

Thurs Oct 3

Went to pictures.  Saw Auther Askey in Charlie’s Aunt, also Richard Arlan in Legion of Lost Flyers.  Very good.  Bombs dropped right near us.

Fri Oct 4

Did not do much today.

Sat Oct 5

Mummy ill in bed with a cold, guess we’re all having colds.

Sun Oct 6

Did not do much today.  Mummy still in bed with cold.

Mon Oct 7

Auntie Pat went to Mrs. Morgan’s this morning in Taxi.

Tues Oct 8

Met Spikey.  He wanted me to go to the pictures at Guildford.  I saw Freddie Booker etc.

Wed Oct 9

Went to Horsham.  Had new shoes.  Went in the Cotswolds.  Had tea.  Uncle Hugh came to live here.  Miss Hodges is dead from bomb shock.  Poor old soul.  Bless her.

Thurs Oct 10

Uncle Hugh is getting settled a bit.

Fri Oct 11

Had lift in car!  Picked acorns.  Got nearly sack full.  They say Joan is dead.  I hope its un-true.

Sat Oct 12

Went to pictures.  Saw Deana Durban in It’s a Date, also Richard Arlen in ——-.  Had lift in Blador’s?? car.  I think it’s true about Joan.  A direct hit on shelter.  And to think of the happy times we had.

Cynthia’s Diary – September 15 – 28, 1940

Sun Sept 15

Tidied up a lot.  Listened to a rather boring lot of records of The Reverend in America.

Mon Sept 16 – Sat Sept 21

Cannot remember much as I forgot to write as I do not have much time.  Go on Mrs. Covey’s bike to Cranley etc. a lot.  Go shooting!  The planes go over every night.

Sun Sept 22

Did not do much today.  Went shooting.

Mon Sept 23

Went to pictures.  Saw Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff in Tower of London, also Vic McLaughlin in Rio.  Nearly got bombed home.

Tues Sept 24

Uncle Hugh came today.  Going to stay week.

Wed Sept 25

Uncle Hugh is always catching rabbits, pigeons etc.

Thurs Sept 26

Forgot to write anything here.  I see June sometimes.  Took her shoes to her house.

Fri Sept 27

Uncle Hugh caught pheasant.  Boy are the bombs Loud.

Sat Sept 28

Uncle Hugh went back in van.  Tudor had cup of tea.  Bombs were terrific.  Went down the village.  Saw Ben.  Rode along with me, talked.

Cynthia’s Diary – September 1 – 14, 1940

Sun Sept 1

Had several raids today.  Had dinner at shop.  Went in library shelter.  Auntie Pat stayed at our house.

Mon Sept 2

Had raid at 8 o’clock till 9 this morning.  Went and played tennis with Phyllis, Pat, Billie.  Air raid in middle of game.  Went down shelter.

Tues Sept 3

Went to work.  Not bad.  Had warning in morning and afternoon.  Saw Dennis Young.

Wed Sept 4

Mummy’s Birthday today.  Am going to buy her a present Saturday.  Went to work.  Had warning several times today and at night.

Thurs Sept 5

Went to work.  Had raid this morning, one afternoon.  I have to answer phone.  Had raid lasting 9 hours and one lasting 1 hour.

Fri Sept 6

Had money, (salary) 14-5.  Warning in morning, one in afternoon.  Saw German plane making smoke in sky.

Sat Sept 7

Germans hit docks, fire blazing.  About 6 raids.

Sun Sept 8

Had dinner and tea at shop.  Tons of raids.  Shelter locked.

Mon Sept 9

Went to Labour Exchange.  Saw tons of ruins!  Two incendiary bombs in road.  Cannot remember much about this week except it was full of raids.

Tues Sept 10

Mr. and Mrs. Smail sleep down with us, also Miss Hodges, Mr. Burk.

Wed Sept 11

Tons of raids.  Might go away to Alfold!!  Dull day.  Shops shut.

Thurs Sept 12

Had dinner at shop, turned out of house.  Auntie Pat and Pamela left London.  Four houses away from us 3 houses were bombed down, people injured, also Walden?? Road etc.  Uncle Hugh came back in shelter.  Time bomb in garden. Went to business.  Four hours in shelter.  Several raids, whistling bombs!

Fri Sept 13/ Sat Sept 14

On Friday night and Saturday, Lavender Hill was bombed, also Clapham Junction, Post Office, etc.  All shops ruined.  Left London.  Got lift on lorry.  Saw cars crash.  Went on Tube, air-raid.  Met naval officers.  Air-raid.  On train!  Went in taxi 12/-.  Auntie Pat at Mrs. Covey’s.

Cynthia’s Diary – August 18 – 31, 1940

Sun Aug 18  (Full moon)

Had an air-raid warning.  Heard about 5 bombs drop.  Mummy ran from shop, dive bombers overhead about 1-30.  Just going to have dinner.  Had tea at shop.  Second raid at about 6 o’clock.  Sat on stairs.

Mon Aug 19

Daddy’s birthday today.  Sent him birthday cards.  Did not have any raids.  Did not go any place today.  Had nice tea!

Tues Aug 20

Went to pictures saw “The Last Post” also “The Spiders Webb”!!  Very good.  Had dinner at Restaurant.  Mummy had letter from Daddy.

Wed Aug 21

Did not go out today.  Did some washing.  Also ironing.  Very cold weather.  Have got to look for job.

Thurs Aug 22

Saw Doug, Ronnie Wood and friend.  Said hello!  Ron is post office boy.  I have an idea there will be a raid tonight!

Fri Aug 23

Had raid about 3:30 this morning.  Forgot tin-opener.  Heard guns and planes.  Moonlight nights.

Sat Aug 24

Had raid in morning and one in afternoon.  Went to Auntie Pat’s at night, had raid, went in her shelter.  Lasted about 2 ½ hours.  Heard planes afterwards when we got home.

Sun Aug 25

We had bath. Went to Auntie’s.  Had an air-raid about 20 to 11.  Also one at about 1-15.  So stayed night.

Mon Aug 26

Went to pictures.  Saw George Formby in “Let George Do It”, also “Fighting Mad”.  Renee came round, Auntie Pat etc., came for night.

Tues Aug 27

Had terrific raid from 9:30 to 4 o’clock, bombs and guns going.  Did not get much sleep.  Also had rain in afternoon.  Had raid about 9:30, lasted about 2 hours.  Just made tea.

Wed Aug 28

Had raid about 12:30 a.m.  Did not last so very long.   Put earth on shelter the morning.  Had letter from June.

Thur Aug 29

Went after job in Estate Agent.  Don’t know whether I’ve got it yet.  Put more earth on shelter.  Made shelter better.  Washed hair.  Did not have any raids.

Fri Aug 30

Had 1 raid dinner time,  2 in afternoon and one about 9:15 lasting 7 hours.  Have got job, start Tuesday.  The bombs and guns were terrific.  Fell asleep.

Sat Aug 31

Had two raids this morning.  One at 8:30, the other at about 11 o’clock.  Had raids all day today.