Community History Collection
Speaker: Garner, Joan, - 0, Interviewee, Female, Accounts clerk
Speaker: Mills, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls joining Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) at start of World War II (WWII), meeting evacuees in Birstall, Leicester. Explains employer's policy of not keeping on married women changing in war. Mentions attending theatre, cycling round Leicestershire. Talks about stockings and receiving stylish patterns from Los Angeles, food rationing. Anecdote of seeing many sweets in Glasgow shop. Recalls seeing aftermath of bomb explosions, hearing about bombing second hand, fire watching in Birstall. Describes training in Womens' Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) as radar mechanic, a reunion 50 years later, radar equipment. Describes VE Day celebrations. Mentions sexism while in WAAF, return visit to where stationed.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Birstall, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 26/4/1994
Playing time: 1 hr 20 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: CHCL
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