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Joan was 15 when war was declared. Desperate to play her part in the war effort, Joan fibbed about her age, declaring she was 16, so she could join the Air Raid Precautions (ARP). In April 1942, aged 18, Joan joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) “to do or die for England.”

She remembers VE Day, as she had been serving at RAF Uxbridge and went to London: “There were unforgettable celebrations going on. Trafalgar Square was just packed with relieved and happy service people and civilians all singing and dancing. It was just wonderful.”

Joan came to live at Royal Star & Garter after finding it no longer possible to live independently at home. Joan feels that she is well looked after and likes to get involved with as many activities as she can.

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