Went to Writtle Agricultural Insitute [the headquarters of the Essex War Agricultural Committee], taking cycle on train to
Managed to win a typewriter and a filing cabinet, and must make arrangements to get them to
Spent two hours in the Accounts Dept. Enormous amount of business done there. Saw Maud Fairhead, who was very despondent. She said she would like to get in the Colchester Office if possible. I should like to have her there.
Cycled back to
“I began work in 1916 and my old man gave me half a crown a week. Now look at boys -”. The girl went into great detail about a cold cure she had, which from her own state did not appear to be very efficient. The tea was horribly strong, but hot, and the bun was stale. The soldiers came in, hung all over with equipment, and a faded looking woman with a fat elderly man. Went outside to see the
Home in darkness and cold, and a hot supper at the café in
This link shows the Winton steam train passing through Chelmsford Station on its journey to London in 2009 and gives an indication of the view of the London bound train that EJR would have seen from the same spot in 1942. Hopefully the standard of refreshments at Chelmsford Station has improved since 1942! CP