Age 12 Betty was born and brought up just off Barton Street in Gloucester. During WW2 she attended Ribston Hall High school in the morning; in the afternoon it was the turn of the evacuees from Birmingham. Age 40 Betty, a keen hockey player, pianist and...

Age 3  Liz was born and brought up in Ireland ‘I am Belfast through and through’. She is pictured here with her mum who was a Wren officer in the Second World War Age 17 Liz joined the Royal Navy Reserves straight from school “but I...

Age 15 Doreen pictured with her siblings helping bring in the harvest on her father’s tenanted farm on the Weald in Kent. During World War 2 she has vivid memories of watching the dog fights during the Battle of Britain over the farm; “It...

Age 21 Gwyneth from Wenvoe in Wales, graduated from Swansea University during the Second World War, and so ‘went before the Board’ to be told what job to do. As she was bilingual in Welsh and English she was sent, with one week’s notice, to...

Aged 5   Ann spent her childhood in England Germany and Sri Lanka, moving with her father’s RAF postings. She was a pupil at Pate’s Grammar School, a Latin and Ancient Greek teacher at Cheltenham Ladies College and Head of Classics at Ribston Hall. When at CLC...

Mairi was born in Glasgow during WW2; she remembers the bomb damage in the city as she grew up. Mairi followed in her grandfather’s footsteps becoming a teacher and specialised in working with students with special needs. Mairi emigrated to Canada with her husband where she...

Aged 18 Irene hadn’t planned to be a model; she was working at a furrier when she was asked to fill in and model some of the coats and that started her modelling career. Irene mostly did runway work travelling to places such as Saks on...

Age 16,  In WW2 Doreen got the 'call-up' straight from school to work at the Smiths factory making aircraft instruments.  The bus from her home took a circuitous route from her home in Tewkesbury to Cleeve picking up people for the start of their 12...

Robin is a published artist who has illustrated many bird identification books, but he had two other careers first; Aged 7, Robin's love for art started young, but his father advised keeping it as a hobby (like Winston Churchill!) so Robin joined the Army and was...

Aged 17, Margaret, a trained needlework teacher, in the wedding dress she made herself.  Widowed two years later and with a young son to support, she managed her husband's photography business for three years in Somerset until she returned home to Cheltenham Aged 50, Margaret visiting...