The Forgotten Service (Hardback)
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over 130 stations, an estimated 10,000 volunteers collected the injured, as well as mutilated and dismembered bodies in outdated commercial vans crudely adapted.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 This book uses much original and unpublished material to tell the story of Auxiliary Ambulance Station 39 situated in Weymouth Mews in the heart of London.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.