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The Forgotten Service (Hardback)

Local History WWII London

By Angela Raby
Imprint: After the Battle
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 198
ISBN: 9781870067256
Published: 30th November 1999

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The role of the Auxiliary Ambulance Service during the Second World War in London and other cities is undocumented and forgotten. No other wartime service, from Bevin Boys to the Land Army, has been so totally ignored by ­literature and the audio-visual media. From over 130 stations, an estimated 10,000 ­volunteers collected the injured, as well as ­mutilated and dismembered bodies in outdated commercial vans crudely adapted. These ­volunteers — most were women — coming from all social classes and career backgrounds, were plunged into a ­scenario as traumatic and horrific as ­anything encountered by any of the other ­Services. This book uses much original and unpublished ­material to tell the story of Auxiliary Ambulance Station 39 situated in Weymouth Mews in the heart of London. At the core of the narrative lies the memories of Station Officer May Greenup (Angela Raby’s aunt) who served at Station 39 for five and a half years.

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