Edna Iris Prudence Gwynne (Miss)

Personnel header
Second Subaltern Edna Iris "Prudence" Gwynne
Life dates
21 Aug 1921 - 2003
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Hickleton Hall (Doncaster) Instation Operator 21 Aug 1942 Unknown
Reigate Hill Instation Operator Unknown 20 Jul 1944
Thornham Magna Instation Operator Unknown Unknown
The Auxiliary Territorial Service
Military number
Commissioned or Enlisted
21 Aug 1942
Elm Park Mansions, Park Walk, London SW10 (1946)
Other information

Prudence got herself transferred on medical grounds and continued her war career, first looking after women bombed out of their homes and then in the Special Operations Executive, helping put troops behind enemy lines.

It was there she met her late husband, Eric, an army major in the Special Intelligence Corps. She married Eric Worsley Battersby in 1946.

In 2003 an article in The Hampshire Chronicle recounted her memories; "I never told a soul at the time and have never spoken publicly about it. Conditions were spartan, with just two beds and two wireless sets, and the tree women in each unit just had each other for company. Perhaps not surprisingly, they often fell out. It was terribly lonely and it really got me down after a bit. I did almost two years. It was boring work and tremendously claustrophobic"