At Featherton House Care Home in Deddington, near Banbury, we love getting to know our residents’ stories. We actively encourage them to reminisce about the past as this has great benefits for the older generation. There is nothing better than seeing residents fill with joy as they remember tiny details and hilarious episodes from their lives.
Earlier this year, on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, two of our residents were sent special commemorative brooches in honour of their service in the armed forces during the Second World War. The local Deddington Branch of the Royal British Legion wrote to two of our ladies, thanking them for the time they had given in service. As you can imagine, both were thrilled to receive their Special Edition RBL VE75 brooches on such a poignant day.
One of these residents was Edna Sewell who has been a resident at Featherton House for many years. The VE Day celebrations gave our team the perfect opportunity to discover Edna’s wartime story. Edna joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service, known as the ‘Wrens’ in 1943 and trained as a writer. This first led her to London, the furthest she had ever ventured outside of Manchester. Following her training, Edna was posted to the coast to work with the vitally important naval convoys.
Her fascinating time in the ‘Wrens’ included working on top-secret signal books of great importance to the war effort. In our latest video, Edna tells the story of her time in service during the Second World War with mixed emotions. Discover what it was like heading off on a big adventure at the age of 18, how Edna’s work helped the Americans when they entered the war, and how she met her husband.
This is Edna’s story.
For further reading on Edna’s wartime adventure, click here for an excellent article from DeddingtonHistory.uk.
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