Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ivy Recalls Laughs

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ivy Recalls Laughs

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Ivy Rattue, 82, grew up in Haverton Hill and now lives in Billingham.

Which service were you with?

The ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service).

What was your role?

I had always been a cook and used to work in a hospital before joining up. I didn't have to join the army but I wanted to. I asked to be a cook.

How long did you serve?

I was in the ATS for three-and-a-half years.

What is your most poignant memory?

I think the whole thing made me grow up. It gave you a lot of experience of life and you met some lovely people ( mind, you met some weirdoes too!

Which anecdote would you tell your great grandchildren about life during the war?

We had some funny times. I was sent on a cooks' course in York where they teach you how to cook outside in a field kitchen.

You had to use a kettle trench, making a long narrow trench and putting rods over the top and light a fire underneath. …

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