WW2 in 1945
written by Jaen Gladys SHARP(E) nee WARD BENNETT
| After War broke out, Jean signed up as a volunteer in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (A.T.S.). At first, she was based in Cosham as a clerk, moving swiftly though the ranks to a supervisor role. In 1941 she moved to a place called "Rosegarth", possibly in Winchester. She later achieved the rank of acting Regimental Sergeant Major. Her ATS record spans the period from Dec 1939 to Feb 1942, when she resigned as she was pregnant. We have photos and letters from her pals at this time.
When her child was about a year old, we believe Jean was called up to join the Intelligence Corps or Special Operations (SOE); this would have been from about 1943 to 1945, but official records have not yet been located. She was reluctant to talk about her war time activities, but snippets of information have been revealed over the years that tell of an exceptional talent including:
• being parachuted into France on or even before D Day in June 1944;
• working from the attic of a farm house, sitting on a smelly cheese, to help direct the naval gun fire onto the beach positions for D Day;
• shooting a German with his own gun
• hiding from the Germans up a chimney in another farmhouse with several hams;
• being in a landing craft that was torpedoed on the way back to England;
• taking photographs of Winston Churchill
• being at Belsen in April 1945, when the camp was liberated by British and Canadian troops.
• being in Antwerp, possibly on leave after Belsen
Jean talked to few people about her war experiences; there is nothing definite about this history or her exploits but the research will continue. IF you have any information that would help, please contact me - her daughter on the email address in my profile
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