Daphne Tandy

Memories of wartime Portsmouth and working at the Naval Store Department.

As a young woman, Daphne worked for the Civil Service at the Naval Store Department at the Portsmouth Dockyard. She was employed at the Naval Store Department between 1941 and 1963. Most nights were spent in the Anderson shelter in the garden and in the morning Daphne cycled into work. But she also remembers how she sometimes preferred to stay in bed rather than go to the air raid shelter, 'As a young person I had no fear, so therefore, would not get out of bed for air raids, my mother used to say 'get up the sirens sounded'. Likewise dad who lost a leg etc in the Great War - said 'I am not getting up - the trenches were worse than this'.

'One night our Barrage Balloon caught fire. It was shot at and lit up the sky in bright orange glow.’

Living in Portsmouth the horrors of the war were never far away. Daphne recalls how 'one night our Barrage Balloon caught fire. It was shot at and lit up the sky in bright orange glow'.Daphne believes the war 'was an experience - one to be missed - no lipstick etc; oh dear. I was very annoyed and obviously very self centred'.

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