Personal Account Mrs B Bowden, Corporal Cook, ATS, Cardiff, June 1940

Mrs B Bowden, Corporal Cook, ATS, Cardiff, June 1940

We were stationed at Maindy Barracks, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff. I waited night and day (having very little sleep) for a whole week, for a detachment of the Dunkirk men. My daughter was in the clerical division, whilst I was a Corporal Cook. Oh, the horror of seeing these poor men arrive! Hardly any clothes, no footwear and many dirty and unkempt. Yet, as they queued up for their first meal for many days, how their faces changed. Their eyes lit up, food, glorious food and plenty of it.

Eventually the men got new clothing and uniforms issued and then became human beings again and were so very grateful for being rescued and fed. I shall always be grateful that I was able to help in the operation and so was my daughter.


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