Barton Remembered 1939 - 1945 : Those Who Came Back


Anyone, who has a copy of this book, might want to print out this further biography and keep it in their book.

Majorie Chant (later Fowkes)
Ordinary Seaman,
Women's Royal Naval Service
General Duties - Sick Bay Attendant

Majorie Chant (sister of William E. Chant - Barton Remembered 1939 - 1945, Part One, p.22 and Joan Lillian Chant, later Bruntlett - Barton Remembered 1939-1945, Part Three, pp.42 - 44) was born in 1924 the second daughter of Mr William Edward and Mrs Violet May (nee Barber) Chant of Blyth's Brickyard, Barton on Humber.
She was educated at the County School and on leaving worked at Hopper's Cycle Works and in domestic service for Mrs Cottingham and Mrs Tutil - both shopkeepers.
In January 1943 she volunteered to join the Women's Royal Naval Service, and was sent to Rochester and Chatham to train for general duties. She was posted to Great Yarmouth but after only three weeks of service there (on 17 March 1943) she was badly injured during a German air raid which killed eight other WRENs and injured many more. As a result, she spent a month in Great Yarmouth Hospital, before being moved to the estate of Lord and Lady Crossley (of Crossley's Carpets Halifax) at Somerleyton. It was found that she required specialist treatment and in May was sent to the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sherbourne in Dorset, where she stayed until 2 May 1943. Subsequently, she was posted back to Great Yarmouth, where she stayed until January 1944, again doing general duties. Her next posting was to Point Clear in Essex, where Royal Marines were being trained for the Normandy Landings. Two thousand Marines passed through the base every six weeks, before D Day in June 1944. Soon afterwards the camp closed, and Marjorie was sent to Canon's Corner, Stanmore in Middlesex, where she worked as a sick bay attendant at the Radar Station, which housed 800 WRENs. There she remained until the end of the war - just missing a hit form a V2 rocket. She was demobilised in August 1946.

Information from Marjorie Fowkes

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