Edith Mary Wilmott

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Sergeant Edith Mary "Willie" Wilmott
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06 Jul 1909 - 18 Jan 2005
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Edith Wilmott (EM Wilmott)

Colston Girls School Bristol 1927-1939, Secretary to Branch Manager Employers Liability Employment Assurance Corporation Limited September 1938.

Joined ATS on its formation 27 August 1939

Called up to Headquarters Southern Command October 1939

Promoted Sergeant May 1940

Volunteered for urgent draft for France, turned back at Southampton due to situation

19 June – November 1940 worked for Lieutenant General Lindsell LGA GHQ Home Forces

December 1940 – 16 August 1941 Confidential Secretary to Colonel C R Major Auxiliary Units

16 August 1941 -2 October 1941 Left ATS and joined SOE Initially instructed in codes and ciphers. Paid £250 p.a

2 October 1941 Left UK for Durban, South Africa

16 November 1941 – 13 April 1943 Secretary to Lieutenant Colonel JSE Todd Head of East African Mission (formerly of Auxiliary Units) John Todd had written to Coleshill when he left, asking for her to be released to accompany him on his mission.

13 April 1943 left Durban for Cairo

24 April 1932 – 12 May 1943 General Secretarial Duties in Cairo HQ DSO(a) Branch

May 1943 Secretary to Major A Philip in Bagdad, Iraq

15 September 1943 left for Cairo

25 September 1943 Secretary at HQ Cairo Subsequently with Force 133.

29 Nov 1943 Mr Harris Burland requests her in Istanbul 215

24 Nov 1944 requests work in New Delhi, India

6 April 1945 Interservices Research Bureau employed as a secretary. Left for India 4 May 1945 and returned 22 April 1946. Signed off 8 May 1946. A reference states she "dreads returning home".

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Coleshill House, GHQ ATS Staff 01 Dec 1940 16 Aug 1941
East Africa Mission Civilian secretary 16 Nov 1941 13 Apr 1943
Force 133 Civilian secretary 25 Sep 1943 30 Jan 1945
Force 133 Civilian secretary 25 Sep 1943 30 Jan 1945

Colston Girls Grammar School

The Auxiliary Territorial Service
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ATS Secretary

Ubley Warren Farm, Blagdon near Bristol, Somerset. Later 12 Charlotte Street, Bristol.
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She was recorded as being 5 feet 2 inches with brown hair and eyes. She was the daughter of Ernest Wilmott and Sophie (nee Stoltz) Wilmott.

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Wilmott reference (from TNA ref HS9/1603/1)

The National Archives HS9/1603/1