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What Annie Warren did during the war:


Bill Cheall met his wife to be, Annie Warren, after the war. At the outbreak of war she worked for Crown Wallpapers in Darwen and all women working in non-essential industries had to either enlist in the armed forces or work on the war effort in factories. Annie chose the latter and worked hard  in the Royal Ordnance factory for 10-12 hours a day, building timing devices for bombs, though she says the pay was good. Her friend Mary Townsend used to make the parts which Annie assembled into the timers.


At the end of the war, she by chance met her old employer, Mr Rackley, of Lower Darwen, who offered her the old job back at Crown. She jumped at the chance and at the same time recruited her friends back to their old jobs. Their names were Muriel Compstey, Iris Kenyon and Mary Townsend.

Bill Cheall and wife Anne on honeymoon in 1948. ww2 diary book story
Anne Cheall tells about women at war and digs out some old wartime recipes. War book and story.

Anne Cheall tells her story about women at war and digs out some old wartime recipes.

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Far left: My Mum, ANNE CHEALL, formerly Annie Warren, shown in 1948 on honeymoon with my Dad, Bill Cheall. They met after the war.


Left: Mum in later years. She is now 94 and still going strong. Below is a note about what she did during the war years, together with a link to some of her favourite wartime recipes which she recently told me about.