Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Friday - World War II London Blitz Diary 1939-1945

I have been following this fascinating blog written from a series of forty-three diaries written by Victoria's grandmother during the war.

The description of the blog World War II London Blitz Diary 1939-1945 grabbed my attention right from the start.

"I am the Great Granddaughter of Ruby Alice Thompson Side. I inherited forty-three diaries that span from 1909–1969. These diaries are personal experiences and opinions of Ruby's marriage and the war she lived through, often not knowing if her house would be the next target of destruction. I cannot imagine having to endure these experiences. Ruby was not able to express her opinions or feelings about either the war or her marriage except in the privacy of her Diary. Being able to do so was her saving grace. These are Ruby’s outpourings of her experience during the war Bliz bombings that she could not always speak about. Many of the things she says in today's world would be considered politically incorrect. In this very personal and historical account Ruby writes about her truth of the war and her marriage which she shares with no one but the diary. Some of her opinions will be disturbing to some people. To edit out Ruby's opinions would be a disservice to Ruby so her words will stand as she wrote them."

As genealogists I'm guessing we all have a love of history.  This is a unique first hand accounting of what it was like to live during World War II and I look forward to each new post.  I'm betting you will too......


  1. Thanks for the mention!! The 1st volume will be out on Kindle hopefully tomorrow or the nextday!!

  2. You're completely right, Lisa. Absorbing, to say the least.

  3. I follow this blog too. As I'm also in possession of thousands of pages of primary documents, letters, and diaries, I feel very much sympatica with Victoria and her treasure. The entries that reflect her unhappiness in her marriage are also very poignant.