British private served with Women's Royal Army Corps in GB, 1950-1952
REEL 1 Background in Lincolnshire, GB, 1933-1950: family background; education; service of parents during Second World War; air raids; details of rations grown and bought; leisure activities including Christmas's and clothing worn; story of plane crash; transport in area; further details of leisure activities; details of pay from work on land; story of playing knockdown ginger and reprimand; discipline; family home. Aspects of hospitalisation with polio in GB, 1953-1954: story of being taken ill after day in Skegness; period at home culminating in collapse; subsequent hospitalisation including physiotherapy; departure of husband from family home; visit to husband and son in Lancashire; further details of treatment; story of friend in hospital. Aspects of period as civilian in GB from 1954: accommodation and mobility after discharge from hospital; birth of twins; story of gaining wheelchair; family home; death of son. Aspects of period as civilian in Lincolnshire, GB, 1939-1950: rations; troops billeted in village; visits to Donington; contact with POWs in area; summer holidays with grandparents and aunt; education.
REEL 2 Continues: leisure activities; civilian work gained in Boston General Hospital; accommodation; first morning; refusal to wash-up and departure for home; work and accommodation in bookmakers; background to joining Women's Royal Army Corps. Aspects of period as private with Women's Royal Army Corps in GB, 1950-1952: train journey to London; details of postings and leisure activities; meeting and courting of husband including Christmas 1951; marriage and honeymoon; demobilisation. Aspects of period as civilian in GB from 1952: army allowance; settling into married life; discovery of first pregnancy and return to Lincolnshire; family home; work of family; story of being taken ill after day in Skegness; period sick at home. Aspects of hospitalisation with polio in GB, 8/1953-5/1954: story of collapse; examination and period in Lincoln Isolation Hospital including initial treatment; knowledge of ailment; fellow patients; results of illness; visits from husband and transfer to Boston General Hospital; birth of child including visits from family and knowledge of paralysis; stay on maternity ward; transfer to Boston Orthopaedic Hospital and baby to nursery in Scothern; fading of hope in terms of walking again; description of walking aids; memories of fellow polio sufferer; pain in back from wheelchair; 21st birthday; visit to baby in Scothern; departure of husband to Lancashire; reactions to situation; discharge from hospital. Aspects of period as civilian in GB from 5/1954: accommodation and life in Lancashire including aids worn.
REEL 3 Continues: visits to hospital and contact with social worker; return to Lincolnshire; allocation of council house and changes to life; birth of daughter; shopping; third pregnancy and birth of twins; publicity of birth in newspapers; return home and life with four children; continued publicity and requests to give children up; details of first wheelchair; disposal of callipers; details of second wheelchair; sleeping arrangements; night routine; details of new flat; memories of neighbours; shopping and leisure activities including visit to Blackpool; fourth pregnancy; further publicity and requests to give up children including birth of fifth child; routine; death and funeral of son; mail received; move to flat in Boston; births of sixth and seventh children including move to house; help with childcare; work of husband; applications for car; passing of driving test; use of car and civilian work; routine; details of social worker; family home; changes to life as children grew up; story of car accident and subsequent hospitalisation.
REEL 4 Continues: removal of pins from knees; compensation received; accident on stair lift; health problems; visit to spiritualist and later holiday; reading of her story in parish magazine.