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World War Two / Re: WW2 questions
« on: Today at 12:45 »
Thanks. It looks as if the age was 18. My old dad always emphasised ghat he volunteered the day he was old enough. Apparently, if you volunteered you could say which service you wanted to join. He went into the RAF, did the training but was the moved to the army because fewer airmen were needed by then.
Viktoria,  I entirely agree about the pre-war education system depriving a lot of intelligent children from less than wealthy families of a chance to go to grammar school. I feel that it was the testing and assessments done during the war that revealed this vast untapped national resource of brains. After 1944, it became much less costly to send a child to grammar school and there was a huge change in the backgrounds from which pupils came as a consequence.
I'd assume that some kind of screening or selection process appertained as regards access to nursing training. Or maybe the girls were all put to work in hospitals and given training on the initial  basis of their performances.

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Thinking that this photo might be one of the few taken of some of the children. Folk were not wealthy enough to have lots taken in those days. Often parents did not buy copies of school photos, even if they were on offer.
I'm sure that the people pictured and their descendents would be pleased to see the photo.
Maybe get it published locally in Devon first and take it from there?
I have only one school groupphoto from about 1959/60 and that is a photo copy from a friend who I stayed in touch with.
Similarly, I would love to see pics of my parents at school. ( Hade Edge and Nabb Holmfirth - 1930's)

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World War Two / WW2 questions
« on: Yesterday at 22:09 »
2 questions about WW2:
   - at what age could young men volunteer for the armed services, as opposed to waiting to be called up? 17 or 18?
   - what was the selection process for women who volunteered to be trained as nurses? 2 of OH's aunts were working in factories, no education after age 14, at the start of the war. Clearly intelligent, they qualified as nurses and then midwives and had excellent careers. The war offered them a great opportunity. Am interested to know how volunteers wth no educational qualifiications were screened for suitability for training.

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Had a bit of a look on Ancestry with the names JasonBurnett, Rosemary Aplin, Jacqueline Handford .
Seems to be pointing towards Devon/Cornwall with births 1940/41.
A primary school class photo might well have had children of a range of ages, though the ones in this photo look more or less the same age.

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Jason would seem to be odd for that period in England. Always think of it as being a more modern name.( though its origins are in Greek history/mythology)
But it might have been "imported" locally during WW2 by American servicemen.
During my childhood, I recall 2 kids with American GI connections, born mid-1940's. A boy called Gene and a girl called Randy. Very unusual for Yorkshire!

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The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Sunday 24 March 19 22:31 GMT (UK)  »
Also, some of the surnames might indicate the area: Aplin, Harnes, Handford, Pearse. All could be quite typical of one locality.

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The Common Room / Re: Where to share a photo of a school class with names?
« on: Sunday 24 March 19 22:26 GMT (UK)  »
Late 1940's, early 1950's going by the clothes and the children's first names. ( names do have pjases when they are more popular and these seem very like kids when I went to school.
Though I agree that the teacher's clothes seem of earlier vintage, perhaps due to post-war shortages.

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Yorkshire (West Riding) / Re: Harrison family
« on: Saturday 23 March 19 21:47 GMT (UK)  »
Just so that you know that Farewell is properly commemorated in France where he lost his life, according to the CWGC website, he lies in the British Cemetery in Bayeux.
I have visited this CWGC cemetery and it is, like all the war grave sites, beautifully kept. A place of great peace and respect. Well worth a visit, as indeed is the American cemetery at Omaha beach.
Such a terrible sacrifice, made so willingly by all those lads.

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The Common Room / Re: WW2 women's pay
« on: Monday 11 March 19 14:08 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks, Medpat.
That's a really interesting link.
I do wonder though if factory owners did make extra profits from having lower paid female workers doing men's jobs.
Is there any evidence of this or was it all glossed over just to keep the owners onside during the war?
The link mentions women working as drivers in the fire brigades. It reminds me that on the lovely memorial to London's firefighters who died during WW2, several women are mentioned, presumably they served as drivers. The memorial is situated just opposite St Paul's. Rather fine and of course so poignant. There are figures of firefighters, though, as far as I recall, none are female.

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