Buckingham Palace

From GDP/59 - CW CW (1903-1989) was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. We also hold the diaries of his parents, ref. GDP/57 and GDP/58 respectively. W  later wrote a memoir of his wartime experiences, a part of which, dealing with the presentation of a medal, is reproduced here. On my return I found I had been awarded a BEM for services on the Hermione and was sent to Buckingham Palace to receive it from King George VI. I had rather an embarrassing experience, as I arrived at the gates with my wife and young son, a [...]

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The Public and the Private

17 November (to Post 15 November) From GDP/8 JL JL (1803-1865) owned and rented out property in London. In his diaries, he regularly recorded a mixture of his business dealings, family news, and politics. In this entry, he shows particular interest in Italian Unification (although confusing King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia with the novelist Victor Hugo) and the progress of the Second Opium War in China. He also notes the burial of the Earl of Dundonald – better known during his naval service in the Napoleonic Wars as Lord Cochrane. 17 November 1860 Mrs. L dined with Mrs. Gordon [...]

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Armistice Day

From GDP/27 DDB DB (1903-1987) was curate at Saffron Walden, Essex, when this entry was made in his diary. Here, he describes the service held marking the tenth anniversary of the armistice at the end of the First World War. 15 November 1928 Armistice Day seems to be as popular as ever. It was rather wet here but kept fine for the morning ceremony. There was the usual open air service at the Cenotaph, which this year was broadcast. Most of churches by request of the Abp.[Archbishop of Canterbury] (who resigned the foll. day) amended their times to allow for [...]

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