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Lorna Lloyd's Diary of the War Podcast Series

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:20 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

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Lorna Lloyd was a 25-year-old schoolmistress living in Malvern when the war broke out in September 1939. From 1st September that year until January 1941, she kept a diary that detailed the progress of the war and life under wartime conditions in England. The diary entries are very well written, reflecting Lorna's privileged middle-class upbringing and education. (She studied English at Girton College, but did not graduate because Cambridge did not award degrees to women in the 1930s.)

In 2019 we posted Lorna's war diary entries to a photo-sharing website against the dates of 80 years earlier. The journal starts at

In 2022 we created an 8-episode podcast series with the war diary entries at its core. The first episode is found at


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Image of Episode 1 of Lorna Lloyd's 'Diary of the war' on Apple podcasts

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Lorna Lloyd

Person who shared the story/items

Hazel Hall

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

This contribution is submitted by Hazel Hall. Lorna Lloyd is the great-aunt of Hazel Hall's husband Tim Read. The actress who plays Lorna Lloyd in the podcast series is her great-great niece Bethany Ray. Bethany turned 25 - the same age that Lorna was when she started her diary - in 2022 when she made the recordings.

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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