EJ Rudsdale on Twitter from 3 September 2019

24th April 1944

Much colder this morning, and cloudy, but ‘planes going out very early above the clouds.  Called at Holly Trees but no letter from Mary Hulbert.  Tried to work out when the telegram may have been delivered – perhaps not until today.

Got Daphne to list my negatives – 79 of them, and posted them off to All Souls to the National Buildings Record.  Later wished I hadn’t done it.  First time I have deliberately deprived Colchester Museum of anything of mine which it ought to have had.

Wrote to the Bank today, and asked them to transfer about £80 to current account, leaving only £100 on deposit.  Can now settle debts and draw £20 any day I like.

Tea at Last’s.  Saw Diana with some of the Repertory Company.  

About 6 the clouds drifted away and it was a brilliant evening.  A huge mass of 4-engine bombers flew over the town very low, heading homeward.
To Holly Trees until 8.30, working on Round’s Castle papers, then to Boxted, writing letters, tea, etc.  Not many planes about. 


Anonymous said...


I've converted ER's money to current values and once again make for interesting reading - he transferred the equivalent of £3,001.49 leaving him with £3,751.86 on deposit, so he could withdraw £750.37 a day if he needed to. This was quite a surprise so I checked the figures on another Website which confirmed the original ones.

Was ER typical of many people at the time or an exception?

My late father-in-law always said that men who didn't go to war were always the well off ones afterwards.

Mike Dennis

E J Rudsdale said...

Thanks for sending this information, Mike. I am always surprised at the current day amounts that this equates to. I would say that Rudsdale was better off than many at the time and I think he must have had some family money in savings because his own wages at the Museum (£3 a week) and at the Essex War Agricultural Committee (£4 a week) were not high by average standards of the day. Perhaps the lack of consumer goods to spend money on during the war meant that he was able to save money too.
Best wishes, Catherine