The forgotten women of the Second World War
In late 2016 I started this website to document my Great Grandmothers WWII service. It started off being a personal project and a small one at that but, when I tried researching the American Ambulance Great Britain (AAGB) I found little available information. Soon after starting this website someone made an off-hand comment that I should write a book. I started jotting down some ideas that gradually grew.
On the 1st of July 2017 I traveled to London with a suitcase full of AAGB items to meet with the Chairman of The American Society in London (ASL), Raymond Colledge. We met in Grosvenor Square and spent about an hour talking about the AAGB, an organisation that he had no knowledge of despite the fact it was founded by the ASL in 1940. He agreed to write a foreword for my book and all of a sudden that off hand comment turned into a very real task. 40 pages and nine chapters later we were ready for print.
My little personal project to remember my Great Grandmother has turned into one to remember the whole of the AAGB and to rebuild the memory of their short but accomplished history. Lots of time and money since that day in October 2016 has gone into what you see here and all the other work in the background. Going into the future I hope that we will grow and grow until many people know about what the AAGB did in their short existence.
The history of the A.A.G.B represents the very best qualities in human nature – the generosity, dedication and significant sacrifice which was fundamental to the success of the war effort.Raymond A. Colledge.