British wren served with Women's Royal Naval Service as teleprinter operator with Y Service in Scarborough, GB, Basra, Iran, Columbo, Ceylon and Caserta, Italy, 1941-1945
REEL 1 Background in Edinburgh, GB, 1922-1941: family; education; reaction to declaration of Second World War, 3/9/1939; details of Jewish ancestry; suspected German agent in Peel Hospital in Scotand, 1941. Aspects of period as wren with Women's Royal Naval Service in Dundee, GB, 1941: enlistment in Women's Royal Naval Service in Scotland; posting to Dundee; class hostility encountered from working class wrens. Recollections of period as wren with Women's Royal Naval Service as teleprinter operator with Y Service in Scarborough, GB, 1941-1942: arrival in Scarborough, 11/1941.
REEL 2 Continues: night time monitoring work; minor role in monitoring of Channel Dash; status and rank of Y Service wrens at Scarborough; effect of working conditions; nature of work in teleprinter room. Recollections of voyage from GB to Iraq via South Africa and India, 1942: embarking on board aboard SS Tameroa at Avonmouth, 8/1942; setting off in convoy,
REEL 3 Continues: voyage to South Africa; working ashore in South Africa; her contact with white South African prejudices; allocation to first class accommodation on board Dutch liner; fear of Japanese submarines and sharks in Indian Ocean; atmosphere on board liner; initial impressions of India; social activities ashore in Bombay; nature of voyage from Bombay to Basra, 11/1942; smell of oil in Shatt el Arab, 11/1942.
REEL 4 Continues: arrival in Basra, 11/1942. Recollections of period as teleprinter operator with Y Service in Basra, Iraq, 1942-1943: hygiene hazards; question of threat to oil supplies if Stalingrad fell; work receiving signals; importance of class background of Y Service wrens; account of party she was invited to by local British businessmen; riches of local VIPs in Kuwait.
REEL 5 Continues: need to have leave away from climate; leave period at hill station at Ser Ahmadiyya; security situation in Kurdistan, 1943; attending British Council organised tea party for Iraqi girls in which Charlie Chaplin film was shown; leaving Basra for Ceylon on US tanker; nature of signals work in Colombo, Ceylon.
REEL 6 Continues: Aspects of period as wren with Women's Royal Naval Service as teleprinter operator with Y Service in Caserta, Italy, 1944-1945: flight from Benghazi to Italy; work at Caserta; memories of Italian aristocrats in Rome especially the Dorea Pamfili family.