Why am I interested?
There are several reasons:
I can find
out facts about how the A.T.S. was organised and what roles the members carried
out from the official records. What I want to know about are the experiences
of the members and their memories of this important time in history. One of
the times that women proved themselves to be capable of jobs they had not been
allowed to do before. I want to ensure these memories are not lost and the contribution
of these young women is not forgotten.
Here is a picture of
my mother, Phyllis Eva Fryer (nee Gibbons) - she was a member of the
A.T.S. from 1942 - 1944 but left for family reasons. She was very
proud of being an A.T.S. member, and I know that she had fond memories
of her time in the service and the camaraderie she experienced. Unfortunately,
she died on 7th May 2002.
is a picture of me, Beryl Anne Furey-King (nee Fryer) - I am a member
of a living history group called the AckAck
Living History Group who re-enacts a Royal Artillery Mixed Battery
from World War 2. We have two Bofors guns, one of our own and one
on loan from English Heritage and have recently acquired a WW2 Searchlight
which we are restoring. Details of the restoration can be found on
Project website. We can be found at many of the living history
displays that take place in the UK. I do this in memory of my mother
and the other young women who put their lives on 'hold' to support
the WW2 war effort.