BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

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

Contact Us

Bookbinding and armatures in Cambridge

by cambsaction

You are browsing in:

Archive List > Family Life

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Ruby Marriott, nee Cook, Kathleen Harrison, nee Cook
Location of story: 
Milton, Cambridge
Background to story: 
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
01 September 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Margaret Waddy of the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Story Gatherer Team on behalf of Ruby Marriott, and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I was 18 when the war broke out. I’d left school at 14; I went to school in Milton Road.

My first job was with Grays, the bookbinders. We used to bind books for the University Library. Then I moved to Grays’ factory (no connection to the bookbinders) when the war started, making armatures for Spitfires. I used to wire them — it was a fiddly, complicated job.

When the war started, my sister and I took in evacuees. There was a little girl who didn’t want anything to do with her mother when she visited. They’d come from London. My sister Kathleen was living at home. She stayed to look after the child while I went to work. My mother had died when I wasn’t very old and my father had died later, so there were just the two of us.

We had two brothers. One went in the Air Force and was killed. The other went in the Army and was sent to India. He survived the war and came home.

© 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.

Family Life 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