Our Secret War - Veteran Women recall Plotting, D Day Mapping in Churchill’s Offices and Interception for Bletchley Park (or station X) in the WRNS. A unique opportunity to hear from two veteran women and their first-hand accounts of Britain’s Secret War 80 years on.
In I Only Joined For the Hat we meet Christian Lamb who, with a strong naval background saw the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) as the obvious choice for a young woman ‘wanting to do her bit’. And besides it had by far the most attractive uniform - topped by the splendid tricorne hat. But her hopes were dashed when, joining as a lowly Wren rating, she found this crowning glory was strictly for officers only and she would have to wait. It was to be the first of many nasty surprises.
We also hear the story of Colonel Cary Owtram who, after being captured in Singapore and transported to the infamous Burma railway was appointed the British Camp Commandant at Chungkai, one of the largest POW camps.
Simon Robinson talks to daughter ex Wren (Special Duties Y Service) Pat Davies about her father and his powerful memoire 1000 Days on the River Kwai and about her own war. Her own last mission is to have her father and his contribution in protecting the 5000 men in his charge fully recognised.