|1939 to 1945 diaries of Mary French who was born 4 Dec 1922. They have been transcribed by Mary's family.
Not all the diaries are yet available here.
Mary was the daughter of Annie and Cecil French, of Dover's Cottage, St Peters Road, West Mersea. She had an older sister Joan and an older brother Charlie.
Annie French was from the Martin family - her brother Edward and wife Rose were at Moor Farm, Peldon, regularly visited by Mary.
'Aunt' Lucy was married to Oswald French, a nephew to Cecil. Lucy and Oswald had a son Gordon who appears regularly in these diaries.
Harold Rudlin was the son of George Wyndham Rudlin and Mildred Emma French. Harold was born 24 Feb 1923, so was 3 months younger than Mary.
Annie Symonds was a good friend of Mary's. She lived at 4 Barfield Road, daughter of Frank and Alice Symonds, and had two brothers, Jimmy and Cyril.
Sybil Martin, Mary French and Annie Symonds passed the examination for admission to Colchester County High School. Annie went on to become a missionary in Ghana.
When Mary was at the County High School, Ruth Hardy King 'Miss King' was the Headmistress. Miss King had a flat after the War (perhaps during the War) over Kent Blaxill's on the corner of St Nicholas Street, Colchester. There is now a road in Colchester named Ruth King Close, close to the present County High School site. It has a gate to keep the girls out (or the residents in ?)
In Mary's time the more-senior girls at the High School were on a site on the west side of North Hill. The other girls were at Greyfriars at the top of East Hill.
Mary also recorded some Memories of WW2 for the 1995 Mistral Magazine to commemorate V.E. Day.
For a Family Tree of this branch of the French family: AFM_FRE_002
Notes Feb 2020
August 1939 tells us that Mary's father Cecil was serving on the yacht THALASSA at the time.