Newsletter 2012

Calling all Marconi veterans from 1944!

From David Barker, 30 May 2011

If you worked for Marconi in Chelmsford during the war years, or if you know someone that did, I would love to hear from you.

My name is David Barker and I am desperately seeking somebody who knew, or knew of, my grandmother Elsie ‘Joan’ Green, to help solve a family mystery! She was originally from Saxmundham in Suffolk and worked at Marconi in Chelmsford (not sure on the precise location) in 1943/1944, but would have left after falling pregnant.

If you remember my grandmother in any way, or know of somebody that might, or even if you do not remember her but were working for Marconi in 1944 and can recall what it was like, please, please, do not hesitate to contact me as I would love to talk to you.

There is an interesting possible connection here between Elsie Green and Ruth Ottley/Freeman (see next page). I spoke about it with David Barker shortly before completing the newsletter. Both young women, unknown to each other as far as we know, lived in the same area near Saxmundham and worked at Garratt’s in Leiston. Ruth was detailed in March 1943 to move to Marconi’s at Chelmsford for the war effort. Elsie Green started working at Marconi’s in 1943/4, but the family don’t know how that came about. It’s more than possible that the same official delivered to Elsie her marching orders, around the same time. David would be delighted if any Veteran can throw any light on her time at Marconi’s. You can contact him by our “Contact” page, otherwise by mail to the secretary or editor. Ed.