Ellen Matilda Hanson - her journal
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March 6th 1941 6.45 Am
A lot has happened since I put this book away. but this morning I feel that I’ll start again  Portsmouth is a mass of ruins.  in some spots kings Road for instance is flat.  not a shop standing  St James Road is as bad.  the Guild Hall Gutted.  Commercial Road Charlotte St & all around Portsea is sad.  Kingston Road to just over Fratton Bridge & in Copnor Road Southsea end but as one comes into Portsmouth one sees Jerry has paid us a severe visit or two  Cosham Picture House the ‘Carlton’ & Flats opposite & so we go on.  Tues: night the 4th we heard Bombs screaming down & thought we were going to be shook up but fortunately they were delayed action & several went into the Creek & spare ground around  from the Bridge to Copseys Siding the Traffic has been diverted since & they are using the new Road out of the City  I have been away with Dick since the Blitzing in Jan: now he has moved to Witham & I have let Dining Room & bed room to Naval Officer & Wife for 3 months & I’m hoping to go again with Dick after Lionel has been on his 7 day leave & also Dick  a very wet night & still raining  oh on Wed we had a plane that our AA’s hit over the City & it unloaded it’s packet which dropped in Edinburgh Road & surrounding district – the plane came down at Hayling Island one more that can do no dirty work again.

Jan 10th 41.  the first terrible Raid  fires everywhere. burnt for a week or more.