The Swansea Wartime Diary of Laurie Latchford 1940-41In 1940 Laurie Latchford was working as a customs
official at Swansea Docks and acting as an ARP warden covering a sector
around his home in Caswell Road, Newton, Mumbles. In his diary, which covers
thirteen months from the end of January 1940, we see the growing intrusion
of war on his family life, neighbourhood and his employment. He records his
concerns about his wider family, German attacks on shipping, and the advance
of German forces across Europe.
At the same time he records his gardening,
family life and social life, all of which continue as normally as possible.
In January 1941 he volunteers for service in Swansea during a heavy raid.
The following month he encounters the aftermath of the 'three nights' blitz'
when central Swansea was heavily bombed. Both experiences have a profound
impact on him.
Laurie Latchford's diary is a remarkable
testament to civilian spirit during the early phases of the Second World
War, and to its well-balanced, thoughtful and conscientious author. A
delightful read, it will be of great value to all those interested in the
impact of the war on Swansea, South Wales and British society as a whole.
by Kate Elliott Jones and Wendy Cope
0-9553387-2-7 and 978-0-9553387-2-4
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