Lilian Bowden, 1943.Lilian Bowden
Lilian Bowden's release leave certificate showing her "exemplary" discharge status. Mrs. Bowden and friends in the ATS had another term for "exemplary" : undetected crime...Lilian Bowden
The inside cover of Lilian Bowden's pay book showing the post marks for each pay she received.Lilian Bowden
The Auxiliary Territorial Service and VAD release book.Lilian Bowden
Lilian Bowden's National Identity Card.Lilian Bowden
"At that time they were shooting first at the aircraft, and then the buzz-bombs came over and they were shooting at those."
My name is Lilian Bowden. I was born in Britain and was there when the war broke out. I joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service - that's the women's army - on the 9th of April 1943. I was a telephonist at that time with the post office before I joined up, so they put me into the telephonist's afterwards with the Royal Artillery.
I was at the 7th Heavy ATS Training Regiment in May 1943, posted to 132 Mixed heavy ack-ack regiment. After that I was posted to the Mixed Heavy Ack-Ack Battery. I was there until 1944. At that time they were shooting first at the aircraft, and then the buzz-bombs came over and they were shooting at those.
After the rockets came I moved and I became a clerk, and I was at Kingston as a clerk. After I was at Kingston I was over to the Second Echelon VOAR, also as a clerk. And I was completely discharged in April 1954.