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Under Fire: The Blitz Diaries of a Volunteer Ambulance Driver
by Naomi Clifford
will be published by Caret Press on 7 September 2021
This page is a web sketchpad for my research for Under Fire, a forthcoming book on the wartime diaries of June S. (1916-2013), a socialite, dressmaker and volunteer ambulance driver who during the Second World War lived at 97 Cheyne Walk (Lindsey House) on the banks of the Thames at Chelsea.
The brief biographies belong to some of the people June worked with, and others who were working in nearby auxiliary ambulance stations.
Ambulance Drivers of Wartime Chelsea
A volunteer for the Hadfield Spears Unit and fund-raiser for the Polish hospital in London.
She later served in the Mechanised Transport Corps attached to the American Ambulance
Chelsea-born chauffeur with a difficult start in life
Three sisters served together in the auxiliary ambulance
Architect and ambulance driver with a connection to theosophy.
A café owner and ambulance driver,
based at the King’s Road station
Friends and writers who produced four novels together.
Much-admired Australian-born composer, attached to the King’s Road ambulance station
Lost on the SS City of Benares after a U-boat attack
Kind-hearted lodging-house keeper with a no-nonsense attitude to parking
Screenwriter and producer on classic British films of the 40s and 50s
Albery was one of the 1st women architects of her generation
She made a hair-raising escape during the fall of France in 1940
Mother and daughter Gladys Blagden and Vivien Lush both volunteered for the ambulance service
Bernard Crowley, a tailor, lived in Kings Road.
Sculptor Marjory Nicol-Smith carved wooden chess pieces while waiting for the All Clear
We know more about Winifred’s parents than we do about her
Jewish refugee who married the Sultan of Johor
Barrister Joan Clarkson made strides in the 1920s
World War I veteran, motor racer, ambulance driver and all-round badass
Pioneering architect, feminist and Chelsea volunteer ambulance driver.
A life illustrating the problem we have remembering the work of women.
A short life full of potential – ended abruptly towards the end of the Blitz.
The ambulance work of Margaret Bridges featured in Popular Mechanics in 1943.
WW1 veteran Frank Enefer was one of the oldest volunteer ambulance drivers.
Daphne Mulholland suffered tragedy before the war started.
The cook-housekeeper was difficult to trace and remains out of our reach.
Irene Briggs went on an epic journey across London under a hail of bombs.
Fashion fan Norda McPherson worked at the Players Supper Club after the war.
Jo Ainsworth worked at Danvers Street ambulance station in Chelsea.
‘Happy’ – real name unknown – wears the uniform of the ARP.
Peggy Chester was photographic model for knitwear and hair.
Crocker left the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service and served as a marine gunner