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War Memorial
1939 - 1941


Service Record


The extract below has been taken from the Suffolk & Essex Free Press,
dated 6th November 1941




Katherine joined the services on 15th February 1940 at the
Eastern Command Reception Depot, Saltdean
1th March 1940 posted to "D" Company Middlesex Reg, ATS

The Press Cutting indicates Katherine was attached to the 2nd Middlesex Reg RA (HAC)
RA:- Royal Artillary
HAC:- Honourable Artillery Company

This Regiment was documented as being
transferred from Aldershot during 1941 to Alton Towers.

Today we know this location as a Theme Park, but during World War 2 it was owned by the War Dept.

Officer Cadet training started at the Towers in 1941, although apparently there were soldiers stationed there earlier, possibly Polish. Permanent staff at the Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) were in the main from the machine gun regiments: Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, Cheshire, Middlesex and Manchester regiments


Extract taken from the memories of a cadet at Alton Towers during ww2

........................................We filled in a few forms, and had a speech of welcome from the R.S.M. who to my surprise said the permanent staff (including the A.T.S.) had an inferiority complex and we should therefore be friendly and attend their functions.

...........................................After a short break we handed in our eating irons, here plates, mugs etc are kept in the dining hall, all meals are served by A.T.S. who it seems are billeted down in the village.


From this we can see, that the ATS personnel carried out domestic
duties together with other ancillary work such as driving and ground maintenance.


".............In 1938 ladies who volunteered were sent along to the local Territorial Army units that already existed in their local town"

In the case of Katherine the nearest TA centre would have been at Colchester Garrison.
The obituary above quotes "with deepest sympathy from all at Meenane"

This could refer to Meeanea Barracks which forms part of the Garrison and possibly held the TA centre


Research Alan Beales 12/11/2014