Dear Editor, With reference to the article entitled ‘unsung heroine who cared for the injured’ (Post, September 23), I wish to make it clear that it was my late mother, Mrs BM Berry, who initiated the Housewives Service in Handsworth – not Hampstead – and not her sister-in-law, Gwen Berry, who wrote the long impressive letter concerning her ambulance work.
She was, in fact, a professional musician and made her ambulance work her war work.
My mother was unable to undertake such activities as Gwen’s as she had my father and me – a daughter aged nine – to consider and care for.
It was for that reason that she realised that many women like herself who were at home with families and young children could nevertheless help the war effort in many ways – running events to raise funds for the war, being prepared to help where possible by giving aid during raids, and learning about wartime cookery – an important aspect of the war.
This group of women should not be forgotten.
Helen M Berry