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Diary - January 1945
Up to let New Year in, lots of gunfire and bombs dropping. Electricity failed, saw NY in by candlelight. Watched air battle over Eisden Church at 9.30am. German planes brought down here. A keen frost.
Morning in bed, Madame Verden brought Win and I our breakfasts to bed. Brown bread and jam.
Win and I walked into Eisden, bought apples and posted cards.
Win and I went for a walk through the woods. Very frosty with snow on the ground. Brought my things from the billet over to the mess again. Win on night duty.
Half day very quiet day. Did not go out.
Went to convent for a French lesson. Snowing
Went for a walk through woods in snow.
Another French lesson at the convent. Quiet day.
Half day went into village and bought apples. Very cold lots of snow about.
Heard we were moving and that leave for sisters is cancelled owing to bad
Quiet day. Not able to got to church. Had a talk from the C.O. in the
Push began around Sethart, casualties coming in.
Busy day, photos arrived from billets hope to take them home on leave on Sat.
Win off night duty, not a busy day. Went to convent for bath. Major Rankin came over in the evening and read to us.
Heard I may be going on leave in 2 days. Very busy.
Came down to Brussels, met quite a few sisters I knew. Went out with Winkle and Whiteford in evening to pictures.
Waiting for plane but weather bad for flying. Out to pictures in afternoon and saw Double Indemnity. Evening went out to dinner with some officers we met at the tea rooms.
Waiting for plane again. Andy and May Grant collected me to have tea with them. Saw Hamlet in the evening with a sister from 33 CCS and 2 from 86. Monty came into the show.
Left by plane 2.45pm. Arrived in England 4.15. From Chichester to London. Had a meal at the Transit Hotel and left at 10.30pm. with Pat. Very cold and snowy.
Arrived home 6.00am Thomas met me. Teresa came home on night off. Went up to see Bessie's baby. (T and T mums Brother and sister, B a cousin)
In all day
Bessie's baby was christened. I was godmother. Went to chapel with mum. Rang up Mrs Lacy afterwards (Win's mum)
Teresa and I went to Pontefract in afternoon. Shopped and then had tea then called at Edna's (mums Sister in Kellington) on way home. Snowing quite a lot. Dad ill in bed.