BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

16 April 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


Fun in the Employment Exchange

by Lancshomeguard

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Edith Smales
Location of story: 
Background to story: 
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
29 April 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War
site on behalf of Edith Smales and has been added to the site with her permission..

Although married during the war, as Edith and her husband had no family, she was classed as a single person. She had wanted to join the Wrens, but ended up working in an employment exchange, because she didn't want to work in munitions.

Her huband was in the military police and was taken prisoner at Dunkirk, he spent 5 years as a prisoner of war in a camp in Germany. Edith cannot remember it's name. He was released in 1944 or 45. When he came home Edith could not recognise him as he was so very thin.

Whilst working at the employment exchange she lived with her parents in Audenshaw and remembers how the Mill girls brightened her life, when they came into the employment exchange. They were always full of fun and she seems to remember that they only worked three days a week, but got paid for six. Was this something to do with Post War Credits?

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Working Through War Category
Manchester Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy