Memories of VE Day from ex LNER guard Gladys Garlick

Photo: Lesley Cook, East Anglian Daily Times

The fruits of much work by the Friends of the NRM are still flowering after twenty years. Their interviews with wartime female railway workers were among many carried out for the National Archive of Railway Oral History (NAROH). They’ve proved to be an invaluable resource, capturing the experiences of women doing unusual work at this time, in different parts of Britain. I used the interviews in my book Female Railway Workers in World War II (Pen & Sword 2018) and was contacted recently by the family of Gladys Garlick, who appears to be the only woman railway worker in the book who is still alive, now aged 97, and living in Suffolk. Following this Gladys has featured in VE Day publicity for LNER and in her local press, the East Anglian Daily Times.