During the Second World War, the Undercliff area played host to women from all over the country, not just the Island, serving in the armed forces. Indeed, some Island-born women who served in the forces were posted to establishments at different places on the mainland.
One such individual was Marjorie Mackett, born in Ventnor and a pupil at St. Boniface School. In 1942, she signed up to join the WAAFs (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force), despite being formally under-age. After training at Farnborough, she was initially posted to RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, but was soon to move to the top secret spy installation at RAF Medmenham at Marlow in Buckinghamshire.
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