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From the Battle of Britain to the Korean War (ePub)

Serving in the Women's Voluntary Service and Auxiliary Air Force, 1940-1954

Aviation > WWII > Battle of Britain Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Korean War P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History Women of History World History

By Stephen Wade
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Trailblazing Women
File Size: 21.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781399040907
Published: 4th October 2023


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In 1941, Beryl Baxter, a dressmaker from Grimsby, signed up to do her bit in the Battle of Britain. She was to serve as a plotter as aircraftswoman in the WAAF and, upon discharge in 1949 she began life as a welfare worker for the Women's Voluntary Service. Her postings included the Korean War, Japan, Hong Kong and Iraq. Throughout these years of service she fulfilled the roles of mother, sister and girlfriend to thousands of servicemen, both conscripts and regulars.

Presenting a dramatic narrative from several theatres of war, this book recalls Beryl's life, based on a large archive of letters and documents that she preserved, allowing the reader to go on these journeys to war alongside a brave and enterprising independent woman.

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 Stephen Wade

About Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade is a freelance writer specializing in the history of crime and the law in Britain and Ireland. He has written fourteen true crime and crime history books, including Tracing Your Police Ancestors and Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors. His history of detectives, Plain Clothes and Sleuths, was published in 2007 and he is currently completing a history of the City of London Police. He also teaches crime history at the University of Hull and, as a visiting lecturer, at Oxford. He has contributed to Family Tree Magazine, Ancestors and other periodicals.

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