WAR’S HARDSHIPS AND FRIENDSHIPS
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.”
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.