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Katherine's Two Sisters

Isabella joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the same branch of the Services as her sister Katherine.
She probably took the same route as Katherine to the Meeanee Barrack in Colchester,
then onwards to Saldean, where she would have been officially enrolled into the ATS.
She advanced to the rank of Lt Corporal serving in the UK and abroad.

The Newspaper article below, refers a marriage to Gunner Robert Caskey (Royal Artillery).
So where did Isabella meet Robert ?

At the onset of hostilities, Bures was considered of Strategic importance to the Germans with its road, rail and river crossing.
There was a high possibility the Germans would enter the village, in their efforts to proceed further northwards.

During 1940 onwards, members of the 5th Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) Battery of 10 to 12 men, were stationed in the village and billeted at the rear of the Post Office.
Their sole purpose was to protect the B1508 river Crossing.
The Battery was under the Command of the Colchester Garrison.
There are reports that one soldier frequently visited Bakers Hall Farm to ride horses, so it not inconceivable other soldiers visited parts of the parish when they were not on duty.

I was unable to find any Military Service records online for Isabella and Robert.

Ancestry records indicate she later she married Clifford Duckworth, but I can find no date when this took place.
So was Robert killed on active service ?

Isabella survived the war and died in Blackburn 1995.

Photograph enhanced from newspaper above.


According to Cameron Carr, his sister Elizabeth enrolled in the NAAFI.
The NAAFI in Colchester was located at the Artillery (Le Cateau) Barracks,
so it would seem plausible she chose to work in the Barracks where Katherine and Isabella had briefly attended.

Unfortunately like Isabella, I can find no Military Service records for Elizabeth.

The last line confirms she enlisted into the NAAFI.

On the 23rd April 1944, Elizabeth married Paul Garrow at St Marys Church in Bures, she survived the war and subsequently died in Birmingham 1993.


Published 18/02/2021
NAAFI Information, Link
Alan Beales