Welcome to Peggy's life in 1936

Welcome to Peggy’s life in 1936

On Christmas Eve 2019 I re-discovered my Grandmother’s 1936 ‘school-girl’s diary’.

Peggy Newgass was born on February 22nd, 1920, which would have made her 100 this year. It felt like an apt time to publish her diary, one day at a time, as she wrote it, eighty four years ago.


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October 19th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1745. Dean Swift died Knitted all afternoon. Started one sleeve of my jumper. Had letters from Mummie & Tish & daddie’s new book arrived.

October 18th 1936

Diary sub-note: 19th [Sunday] after Trinity. S. Luke 1931. Thomas A Edison, inventor, died Went to church. There was hardly anyone there. Finnished [sic] the other side of my jumper. New girls came – American. Wrote to Julie, Joy Edwards, Joy & Miss Brown.

October 17th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1918. Recapture of Lille, Ostend and Douai S.R. 6.27, S.S. 5.3 Had drawing 1st & 2nd lessons instead of after break. Went to the town & I bought some wool for a jumper. Went to an Operette called “Veronique” [sic] in the evening. It was marvellous. Got back to school at 12. o.clock.Continue reading “October 17th 1936”

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