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Record 16877

Reading Experience:

'These last two nights have been the most fearful of the war. The Battle of Britain is raging round us. Tonight continuous bombing and gunfire have shaken the house. A huge fire has lit up Aldershot and Farnham to the east; whilst gunfire and flares light up Bordon and the south coast. Mrs Grant is cowering downstairs in the kitchen; I find Sidney reading but glad to have a cup of tea. Neither he nor I are perturbed...'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 20 Apr 1941
Country: England
Time: afternoon
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Sidney Webb
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Jul 1859
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: politician
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16877  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jenny Hartley
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Hearts Undefeated: Women's Writing of the Second World War
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 103
  Additional comments: From Beatrice Webb, "The Diary of Beatrice Webb", Vol IV, 1923-1941. Entry dated 20 April 1941 3am, Passfield Corner

Citation: Jenny Hartley, Hearts Undefeated: Women's Writing of the Second World War (London, 1999), p. 103,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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