Margery Draper"Margery recalls the Devonport blitz, "we saw these flames coming up and almost simultaneously these planes came over and a bomb dropped to the front of our flat and to the back, it was horrific".
Margery Draper – Film 1Margery talks about her early life in Plymouth. For a 15 year old girl she had a busy life. As well as moving house she carried on her school work and become an ARP warden.
Margery Draper – Film 2Margery talks in great detail about the mount an incendiary bomb very nearly killed her family. Its very difficult to imagine how she must have felt afterwards. An outstanding description.
Margery Draper – Film 3Having survived the blast the family are moved to a fruit storage facility where they await further instruction. Although the house was badly damaged it wasnt destroyed and Margery explains how the family make it habitable again.
Margery Draper – Film 4The Esprit de Corps is something that we hear time and again when we meet Second World War veterans. Margery recalls a local baker who becomes something of a local hero to the women folk. At this point Margery is still working as an ARP warden.
Margery Draper – Film 5Margery becomes a WREN. She is kind of hood winked into the role of a Steward but with assurances that shell be able to move on to tother opportunities. She describes the work and its fair to say as he wasnt enamoured with the job!
Margery Draper – Film 6Although she didnt like the work she did like the social life. There was a large contingent of American service men in the area and they brought a glamorous lifestyle that was unavailable in wartime England.
Margery Draper – Film 7With American glamour came American prejudice. Margery talks about attitudes of the period.
Margery Draper – Film 8Over here and over paid was a phrase bandied around to describe the American servicemen who were based in Britain during the war. Margery recalls some of the fallout experienced by returning British servicemen. She also talks about the high and low points of the war.
Margery Draper – Film 9Margery recalls VE day. Dancing and drinking and more importantly the street lights came back on. But although there was fun there was also a lot of fall-out and she remembers the POWs who struggled to adapt. A fascinating end to a fascinating interview with a charming lady. Thank you Margery.
“Margery recalls the Devonport blitz, “we saw these flames coming up and almost simultaneously these planes came over and a bomb dropped to the front of our flat and to the back, it was horrific”.