“I left school at 14 in 1944. At that time you registered with Labour Exchange and they found you a job, I became a Mother’s help in Nairn in the McAusland Electrical Shop. I looked after two girls aged 7 and 9. I took them and fetched them from school. I helped in the house cleaning and cooking. I also helped in the shop when the men went out. I remember having to give out wet and dry batteries, I was also entrusted to take the takings to the bank. I really enjoyed the job and had good employers. I really enjoyed the job and had very good employers. I worked from 9 to 4 and had weekends off, but can’t remember having holidays, and I earned 14/- per worked. I worked there for about 2 years until I was 16 and then everything changed. My father was killed in the war, he was a gunner, and my mother died 2 years later of a brain haemorrhage. I was the oldest of 6, but luckily we had 2 wonderful spinster aunts who were very kind and they looked after us. I went off to Kent and worked in service at a castle.
I loved the work and saw lots of famous people including royalty, the Aga Khan and Winston Churchill, although to begin with I was very homesick and only got home once a year.
I once brought home coffee from Maxwell’s in London but it was no good as it had to be percolated and we didn’t have a percolator.”