Muriel JoyMuriel Joy was one of a number of Naval Veterans we interviewed at the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust’s, Pembroke House care home. She provides a fascinating insight into the role of the ARP - Air Raid Precautions in Strood, Kent during the Second World War.
Muriel Joy – Film 1Muriel was the daughter of a Royal Marine who had served during the First World War and when war broke out she knew she wanted to do her bit. With a general love of vehicles when the opportunity arose to volunteer as an Ambulance Driver arose, she jumped at the chance. She was 17 years old.
Muriel Joy – Film 2Joy talks in detail about the hotch potch range of of ambulances she used to drive. She talks in detail about one bombing raid in Kent that ended with multiple casualties. You can sense that the memories are still quite vivid.
Muriel Joy – Film 3Half way through the war the ARP change their name to Civil Defence. It didnt change her role and she talks about some of the difficulties experienced by ambulance crews trying to get to casualties.
Muriel Joy – Film 4Muriel talks about the Phoney War when inactivity was the order of the day! Then the Blitz starts and everyone feels compelled to do their bit to serve King and Country.
Muriel Joy – Film 5Muriel talks again about the time she pulled up at a site and could see the men pulling several people from the rubble and knowing that some of them would not be alive but, she put her emotions aside to do the job she was there to do. Muriel Joy remembers parking up at a site when another bomb was dropped across the street and her and her friend was knocked off their feet down into the air raid shelter. She also recalls the doodlebugs and how quiet and misleading they were.
Muriel Joy – Film 6In her final film, Muriel recalls a telling off from her father when she quits another driving job. Shes then accepted into the WRENs and works in the canteen at Chatham Barracks. This move was very fortunate for us at Legasee because its through this naval Association that we got to interview her at Pembroke House!
Muriel Joy was one of a number of Naval Veterans we interviewed at the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust’s, Pembroke House care home. She provides a fascinating insight into the role of the ARP – Air Raid Precautions in Strood, Kent during the Second World War.