World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

                           E Linstrum 

My Time in the ATS during WW2 from 1942 to 1946

By Actiondesk Sheffield

People in story: Mrs E.Linstrum
Location of story: Leicester, Helensburgh, Abbey Wood near Woolwich , Crayford, Dartford in Kent
Unit name: ATS
Background to story: Civilian Force


My Time in the ATS during WW2 from 1942 to 1946

Mrs E.Linstrum

I was called up in February 1942, and reported to Leicester for training, and then to Helensburgh ACK-ACK Battery prior to being posted to Kent for active service on a gun site at Abbey Wood near Woolwich, then later to Crayford and Dartford, also in Kent.

My duty on the Ack-Ack site was a telephonist in the Command Post, plotting aircraft movement and receiving messages from RAF Recognition Units regarding the approach of enemy aircraft, en route to bomb Britain, during which time we had a few narrow escapes.
When off-duty we would leave the camp providing that we were not on stand-by, which meant staying in camp dressed for quick response if required.

For recreation we danced to records and a group of us arranged concerts, and spent our time rehearsing and making costumes in Hawaiian skirts from tissue paper, and Can-Can clothing from black-out material. It was surprising how many people showed talent when providing and performing a stage show.

I am very pleased that I was able to help win the war.