By Betty Armitage
A few years in the past, journalist Nicholas Webley stumbled throughout a impressive locate in the course of a regimen research in a small residence in Norfolk - a diary.
The diary was once saved in the course of the conflict years and scribbled for the main half at school workout books and on scraps of decomposing paper. It used to be written by means of a seamstress born within the 1880's. Betty Armitage, the seamstress, used to be a theatrical wardrobe in the course of the first a part of the century and moved to Norfolk ahead of the warfare. Her diary is rare, because it perspectives the occasions of the battle during the eyes of somebody born round the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. such a lot of debts of the struggle are according to army event or lifestyles in towns through the Blitz; right here the good occasions of these years are considered from the rustic: privation relieved by way of the occasional poached pheasant, upheaval as hundreds of thousands of vibrant younger US servicemen 'invade' East Anglia, quiet heroes and small-time rural villains. A time which turns out frequent to us at the present time via movie, yet which used to be fairly one other age, springs to existence within the pages of Betty's Diary; humorous, touching and unaffectedly bright.
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I have been so busy I have hardly had any chance to think about it. I can remember how worried we used to be when Stanley was at sea and there wasn’t even a war on. I did not get a paper today as it was full of stories about the Germans so I just had a look at Emily’s when I went to lunch at hers. She roasted a chicken. WEDNESDAY 25th I’ve written to Stanley to tell him I will be coming next Monday assuming I can get a train. I will go and see Cissie when I’m there as well. I called in to see George about Saturday and to tell him that Mavis and Jack will be going.
Wentworth leaned politically to the left – much to the displeasure of her family. Betty frequently helped Mrs. Wentworth and was well accepted as a close family friend and most trusted confidante of both the Wentworths. Jimmy West A friend of Betty who lived in a village some miles away. He was from a poor family, and a most thoughtful and selfless individual. Blank page PAR T E N O ‘We are warriors all’ September 3rd 1939 – Christmas 1940 26 B E T T Y ’ S W A R T I M E D I A RY 1 9 3 9 - 1 9 4 5 • P A R T O N E September 1939 SUNDAY 3rd We are now at war with Germany.
SUNDAY 4th I had a busy day clearing up and packing. I expect we will be leaving either tomorrow or the day after. Having an early night. My goodness it is cold tonight. I have had two hot water bottles and a fair old nip of the hard stuff to drive out the damp. W E A R E WA R R I O R S A L L • S E P T E M B E R 1 9 3 9 – C H R I S T M A S 1 9 4 0 35 Back in Norfolk THURSDAY 9th The news today is not good. It looks as if the Germans will be in Holland very soon. If they are then Belgium could fall soon after.