Guts and Pearls – The Story of Dickey Chapelle

by Emily Stewart Born Georgette Louise Meyer in Wisconsin on 14th March 1919, Dickey Chapelle was breaking boundaries from an early age. Having graduated from high school as valedictorian, she won a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the age of sixteen, as one of only a handful of … Continue reading Guts and Pearls – The Story of Dickey Chapelle

CWGC x Herstory Club: Elizabeth, Liz and Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery

To finish the inaugural War Graves Week, the CWGC’s main events are ending in the North of England at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the CWGC in the North of England are Liz Marsland and Elizabeth Smith. Liz Marsland Liz is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the North West of England, … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Elizabeth, Liz and Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Patricia, Sehar and Comely Bank Cemetery

The main War Graves Week events have moved from Wales to Scotland today, to Edinburgh (Comely Bank) Cemetery. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the CWGC who cover Scotland are Patricia Keppie and Sehar Sardar. Patricia Keppie Patricia is the Public Engagement Coordinator for Scotland (East), which covers the Scottish Borders, Lothian, Midlothian, the City … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Patricia, Sehar and Comely Bank Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Amy, Sarah and Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery

On Day Six of War Graves Week, the main CWGC events have moved into Wales and to Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the CWGC who cover the West Midlands and Wales are Amy Kitcher and Sarah Moody. Amy Kitcher Amy is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the West Region, which covers … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Amy, Sarah and Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Rebecca, Jane and the Plymouth Naval Memorial

The main War Graves Week events today are now in the South West of England, at Plymouth Naval Memorial. The Public Engagement Coordinator for the CWGC who covers the South West is Rebecca Smith. Rebecca Smith Rebecca says that getting out and about and meeting with people who are passionate about history, their ancestry and … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Rebecca, Jane and the Plymouth Naval Memorial

CWGC x Herstory Club: Megan, Sophie and Cambridge City Cemetery

The third site of memory as part of the main War Graves Week events takes us to the East of England and to Cambridge City Cemetery. The Public Engagement Coordinators for the Commission who cover the East are Megan Kelleher and Sophie Newton. Megan Kelleher Megan is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the East (Central) … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Megan, Sophie and Cambridge City Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: Sarah, Will & The Runnymede Memorial

The second location for the main War Graves Week events this week takes us into the South Region and to the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. The two Public Engagement Coordinators for the Commission who cover the South East of England are Sarah Nathaniel and Will Reid. Sarah Nathaniel Sarah is the Public Engagement Coordinator for … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Sarah, Will & The Runnymede Memorial

CWGC x Herstory Club: Simon, Megan & Brookwood Military Cemetery

Heading up the Education and Engagement Team at the CWGC are Simon Bendry, who is the Head of Education and Engagement, and Megan Maltby, who is the Public Engagement Manager.  Simon Bendry Simon spent 20 years working in education, first as a teacher in secondary education, and then seven years at University College London leading … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: Simon, Megan & Brookwood Military Cemetery

CWGC x Herstory Club: War Graves Week

From the 21st - 28th May, Herstory Club are delighted to be joined by members of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission team. The CWGC's staff, supporters and volunteers work to preserve the commission's unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died during the First and Second World War … Continue reading CWGC x Herstory Club: War Graves Week

‘Girlfriends in Khaki’ Lesbianism during the Second World War

by Ashleigh Percival-Borley The 20th century saw the greatest mobilisation of women serving in Britain’s auxiliary services. 43,000 women volunteered in the December of 1939, more than double of what had been initially projected. The total number of women to serve in the WAAF, WRNS and ATS during the war is suggested to be 612,000. … Continue reading ‘Girlfriends in Khaki’ Lesbianism during the Second World War