Cynthia’s Diary January 27 – February 9, 1946


27  Sunday

Went to show.  Saw George Sanders in “The Moon and Sixpence”.  Had drink at Onslow. Caught 9:30 bus home.  Found 6d.

28 Monday

Did my washing.  Mrs. Tugwel called round about telephone.

 29 Tuesday

Johnny comes home every night now.  It would be so lonely without him, as Daddy is now in Birmingham.  He has a job there.

30 Wednesday

Johnny came, stayed home.

31 Thursday

Made appointment to have hair permed.  Went to show.  Johnny came, saw George Formby in “I didn’t do it”.

1 February, Friday

Had hair permed.  Maria, short style, curls all over 2-7-0.  Johnny came.

 2 Saturday

Johnny came.  We didn’t go out as it was so wet.

 3 Sunday

Rained all day.  So didn’t go out.  Elaine came round.  She and Pamela went to show.

4 Monday

Johnny came, all bruised and with his wrist in agony.  Did best we could.  Didn’t know what to do with it all night.

 5 Tuesday

Johnny came, had been to M.O.  Took ex rays and bound it up in plaster.

6 Wednesday

Johnny came.  He starts his leave tomorrow.

7 Thursday

Went to community centre for dinner.  Johnny’s hand all swollen.  Went to Onslow.  Saw old Rydinghurst gang.

8 Friday

Went to Birmingham.  Arrived 9:30.  Looked around London on way.  Good trains.

 9 Saturday

Malcolm came to Auntie Elsie for weekend.  Also Maurie.  Met Johnny’s friend Cecil Ace and wife, Sylvia at College Arms, Sparkhill.  I was sick, so came home at 10 o’clock.  We could have gone dancing and stayed night with them.

Cynthia’s Diary – June 5 – 11, 1944


Mon June 5th

Had letter from my darling John. Also one from Daddy with L5-0-0 on Saturday. When John came. I had 2 parcels from John’s mother and sister. Bridal set, (nightdress, slip and panties). Also 2 pairs stockings and pair of babies booties. I had to pay 18/1 for them. Gosh was I mad.

Also had letter from John which one of the fellows brought down.  Sent of some invitation cars. I should have come on duty at the Station Sat. but forgot all about it. Went on duty today. Phoned StrandPalace Hotel. They are full up. Girls moaned (because I) forgot going on duty.

Tues June 6th

Had letter from Uncle Arthur. Our troops have started to invade near France.

Wed June 7th

Mr. Pryke gave me a cheque for L2-2-0 for wedding present. Carm and Chuck came to supper. Don’t think I’ll tell John. He hates Carmel. Pamela at Elaine’s went to dance. Stayed in and did sewing.

Thurs June 8th

Elaine came in evening. Gee I’m getting excited. Hope John can get leave. The wedding’s just got to come off now. I’ve been dashing everywhere arranging things. Lovely invitation cards.

Fri June 9th

Went to the show. Saw Fred McMurrey and Paulette Goddard in “Standing Room Only”. Looked in dance, while I took dog walk. Eileen, Pam, and Elaine. Had a talk with Stan. Wrote to John. I write him nearly every day.

Sat June 10th

Mummy and I went to Guildford. Got rest of veiling and headdresses for bridesmaids etc. Had tea Abbotts Kitchen. Had cheque from John’s mother 200 dollars. 44-17-10.

Sun June 11th

Went to show. Wrote to John. Gee I’m getting excited. To think I’ll really be John’s wife, and he’ll be my own darling husband. He’s the best man in the whole world and the handsomest too, and I wouldn’t part with him, not for a million pounds I love him with all my heart and soul. Oh! Dearest come to me soon.



Cynthia’s Diary – May 2 – 3, 1942

Saturday 2nd May

Charles stayed at Dots.  Met his Regimental Sergeant Majors.  Bob did not phone, but came for helmet etc., while I was at the office.  Did not leave message!!  Maybe someone said something.  Daddy came home on leave.  Bought two records.  Went to Cranleigh Hotel, got off with soldier.  Went to Three Horseshoes.  All sold out quite early.  As most of the English are going abroad and celebrating first.  Charles came.  Paid for me at dance.  Got off with officer.

Sunday 3rd May

Charles went back before 12 o’clock.  Mummy and Daddy, Pamela & Pat went to movies.  Robbie called to see if I’d go a ride with him.  Saw Don and Tommy.  Went on Bike to Rudgwick.  Charles bought me ice also bought another.  Went walk.  Had a bit of his supper.  Saw Roy, spoke, saw naughty Charles.  A Canadian rode home with me.  Joan introduced me to her mother.  Met Tony and Margie.  Went to have drink, but all places closed.  They came home to supper.  Had rather a good time.  Did not leave till late.

Cynthia’s Diary – April 30 – May 1, 1942

Thursday 30th April

Met Goldie and some others.  Went to office on Bus.  Went to movies.  Saw “China Seas” with Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell and Jean Harlow.  About 12/30 p.m. I was awakened by a knocking at door.  It was Bob.  He’d had an accident on the Colonel’s motor bike at a place near Ewhurst.  It’s a wonder he didn’t get killed.  Mummy sewed his trousers.  He was coming to see me all the way from Eastbourne.  He may come Tuesday with Ian and he may phone me Saturday, as I might go to London.  I hope he doesn’t get into trouble.

Friday 1st May

Bob phoned for truck, or rather staff car.  He left his helmet, gloves etc. behind.  Did not go out in the evening, but did the ironing.


Cynthia’s Diary – April 28 – 29, 1942

Tuesday 28th April

Did not go anywhere much.  Phoned Charles, but he was not there.  He had gone to Horsham.  Talked long time to Jean and Betty.  Did a bit of washing and tidying drawers up etc.  Think I will go to Rudgwick instead of meeting Nic tomorrow.  Have not heard from Bob.  The mean thing he said he would phone.

Wednesday 29th April

Phoned Charles but could not get him.  Went to Rudgwick on bike with Dorothy.  Gordon was busy working with Ray Kay.  Charles was playing cards.  Went to Queen’s Head, had Brandy and draft stout.  Had several offers of drinks.  Charles and Gordon rode bikes home.  Dot sat on crossbar, I sat on saddle!  Did not get home till late.  Charles and Gordon rode back on our bikes.  Had supper at Dorothy’s.  They went about 2:15 a.m.

Cynthia’s Diary – April 26 – 27, 1942

Sunday 26th April

Sang.  Charles played piano.  Charles came, took photos.  Went to Rudgwick on bus.  Saw Naughty Charles.  Met Gordon.  All the boys kept joking etc.  Dorothy came.  Went to Queens Head.  Went to house, also in ambulances.  Went and had cake, bread and jam and tea with salt-peter in it at the house in the Transport Office.  Did not leave till about 12:15 a.m.  Gordon cycled little way.  Showed me garage.  Enjoyed ourselves.

Monday 27th April

Went to movies saw Tyrone Power in “Yank in the R.A.F.”  Went in half crown seats.  Also saw “South Panama”.  Tyrone Power reminds me of Bob in his ways.  Soldier walked along with me.  Went to fish and chip shop.  Closed.  Canadian chased me.  Tried to find out where I lived.  Also English soldier.