Grantham war veteran Edna is recognised for war service
A 98-year-old Grantham war veteran was awarded her veteran pin badge at a moving ceremony on Friday.
Edna Tinkler, a resident at Red Court Care Community on St Edmunds Close, was in service at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough working for Sir Edward and Lady Packe when the second world war broke out.
Although Sir Edward Packe managed to delay Edna being called up, she eventually joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) - the women's branch of the British Army - in 1942, determined to 'do her bit.'
As more men joined the war effort it was decided to increase the size of the ATS, with numbers reaching 65,000 by September 1941.
After three months at Glen Parva Barracks in Leicester and then three months training on the Isle of Anglesey, Edna, who was affectionately known as 'Tink' amongst her friends in the army, spent the remainder of the war years stationed in and around London.
At the end of the war Edna was stationed to Whittington Barracks at Packington, near Lichfield and worked at the Army Post Office in Nottingham.
It was there that she met John Macdonald, who was also in the army, and they were married in October 1947. After his death, Edna married a first cousin and reverted to her maiden name of Tinkler.
The Mayor of Grantham, Coun Mike Cook, presented Edna with the prestigious badge in recognition of her wartime service at Grantham Hospital on Friday afternoon, after Edna was admitted with breathing difficulties last Tuesday.
She was also joined by family and former service personnel, eight of whom had been members of the Womenâ s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) .
WO2 Catherine Munro, a serving soldier of 33 years, was also at the ceremony to show her support.
She said: "Everything we do in the army today is because of people like Edna. Despite the amount of women who served in the war, they were not actually recognised by the government until long after the war was over."
Edna's son, Philip Macdonald, added: "Mum has lots of fond memories of her years in the army and of some of the people she met."
Edna has now recovered and is back at Red Court."
Philip added: "It was a very happy occasion for all involved and the hospital pulled out all the stops to enable it to still go ahead."