WAR’S HARD­SHIPS AND FRIEND­SHIPS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

LATHLAIN res­i­dent Mary Am­brose took a trip down mem­ory lane when she shared her sto­ries of liv­ing through World War II in the re­cently pub­lished col­lec­tion of short sto­ries Be­tween the Dances.

Writ­ten and com­piled by author Jac­que­line Di­nan, the book re­veals the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences of more than 300 women who lived through the war and learned to em­brace the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the time.

Mrs Am­brose (90) said she could still re­mem­ber things as if they hap­pened yes­ter­day.

In Be­tween the Dances, Mrs Am­brose de­scribes her time serv­ing in the Women’s Aus­tralian Aux­il­iary Air Force in the 1940s, op­er­at­ing a switch­board.

“I was of­ten bound to se­crecy and could never say a thing. It wasn’t un­til af­ter the war that we were al­lowed to di­vulge all th­ese sto­ries,” she said.

“Th­ese are things that the ma­jor­ity of West Aus­tralians haven’t heard of.

“Bombs had been dropped in dif­fer­ent places, planes went miss­ing and no­body had heard of them be­cause they were just recorded and that was it.”

But away from the ter­rors of the war, Mrs Am­brose said she had loved serv­ing and made life­long friends while she worked in Lake Grace, Perth, Cun­derdin and Bus­sel­ton.

“The girls I was with dur­ing those times, we made friends for life,” Mrs Am­brose said.

“Some of them are still go­ing and we still have our meet­ings at An­zac House.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445353

Mary Am­brose, who served in the Women’s Aus­tralian Aux­il­iary Air Force, has shared her ex­pe­ri­ences of liv­ing through WWII for a new short story col­lec­tion.

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