29th February 1944

Was wakened at 7, and had an excellent breakfast.  During the night suffered two frightful bouts of pain in the jaw, but was able to eat this morning.  Caught the 8.10 bus.  Very cold.  Brilliant morning, but bitter NE wind.  Became hazy this afternoon, and the wind turned NW.

Went home to tea, and found Mary Ralling there – Annie has been sent off this morning by ambulance to London Hospital for treatment.  There is no doubt she has cancer, but even now nobody dares say it.  Poor Mary looked terribly worried.

Slight fog came up this evening, so hopes for another quiet night.  Having nothing much to do, walked down to Stratford, and called at the King’s Arms for a drink.  Overheard the landlady talking about letting rooms without attendance.  Thought that might suit me, as I cannot stay at Dedham long.

Back to Dedham and called at the Sissons.  They had been right up into Norfolk today, to East Dereham, on a business trip, and had much enjoyed it.  He still has not heard anything further about going to Italy.

Late in the evening the moon became covered by cloud, and there was no sign of a raid when I went to bed at 11.  Felt very nervous.

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