Chas. Parish and another member of the H.G. have been for pails of water. They have a “Stunt” on tonight. Told them they could have what they wanted until 10 o’ clock, so if they want more they will soon be here. Father is on watch until 2. a.m. I asked them if they had been having a hat trimming comp[etition] as their tin helmets net covered, were so tastefully decorated with bramble sprays etc. Hope they are not too noisy and that they will never have to defend our shores in earnest. The younger element seem to take it as a game and a huge joke now. Went to Sk[egness] with Father after dinner to get petrol.
Have had my old enemy all day. Mavis came and had tea with Jean. They went to Stow’s and Jean lost her sweet coup. Rene came after tea but did not stay long. Jean fetched Fish and C. from Aunt Effs.
Mary called yest. aft. to bring Rene a “pyrex” dish for wed. present. Keith’s twins have both died. Rita and Thelma. They did not keep them long and are very disappointed Mary says. Marian has been very ill I think. She [Mary] had a letter and more photos from Ray. He has removed some of his ‘tache and looks the picture of health and content. Father has finished Redcott Lawn both scythe and lawn mowing, but it looks very brown. Hope it turns green before they see it.
Mrs. Wilk[inson]’s son? has been made a Wing Comm[ander]. Jean’s psoriasis appears a little better with Meadow’s ointment. Sincerely hope it will cure it. She has started to knit my new jumper or cardigan rather.
Charles (‘Charlie’) Parrish was the son of coastguard, Albert Parish. The surname spelling had changed when Charles’ birth was registered and was retained by later generations.
Rita and Thelma Hill, twin daughters of Keith and Marion, survived barely a few days.
Mrs Wilkinson’s son? (May’s question mark) refers to Royce Clifford Wilkinson whose promotion at this time was recorded in the book of his exploits ‘Spitfire RCW’ by Kenneth James Nelson (see 4 Jul. 1942).
Have you read an introduction to May Hill & family (includes photographs) and explored ‘The Casualties Were Small’?