EJ Rudsdale on Twitter from 3 September 2019

1st July 1940: Invasion Preparations

The Town Clerk rang up today to say that Barclay’s Bank were preparing to move all their valuables from Colchester in event of an invasion, and that he had agreed that the Museum’s gold coins should be taken out of the town. Hull got in a great panic and began talking about having a great pit dug in the Vaults, in which he would bury the entire collection.

It is becoming more and more clear to me that I must get out. Leslie has suggested that I might get into the Ministry of Supply, and I shall write to them, although without a lot of hope. It is farming I want, yet that also seems quite hopeless.

A very fine road section is now showing at North Hill, and things are coming along there very well. Went to Rose for supper.

J C Leslie was the Principal of the Essex Agricultural Institute and had become Executive Officer to the Essex War Agricultural Committee. Rudsdale knew Leslie from his collaborations with the Essex Agricultural Institute to produce historic agricultural exhibitions in the 1930s.

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