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Fun in the Employment Exchange

by Lancshomeguard

Contributed by 
Lancshomeguard
People in story: 
Edith Smales
Location of story: 
MANCHESTER
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A3973115
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?

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