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Edith M Poland


Edith was only 19 in May 1945, when she started her diary and lived in Liverpool.
Edith was a ‘doughnut girl’, volunteering for The American Red Cross. Her duties included meeting G.I.s coming secretly into Liverpool by boat, often late at night, in preparation for the Allied invasion of Europe, with coffee and doughnuts! The diary offers a great insight into her teenage life, working in an insurance office in the day and then rushing to the Red Cross Club mobile to perform her volunteering duties in the evening. Edith describes meeting soldiers and sailors from all over the USA and wrote many of them, as well as going to regular dances and on dates with the G.Is.
Edith was very aware of the developments of the war in Europe and writes almost daily about the advancing Allied troops.


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  • Liverpool

    Military site : non-airfield
    A depot for materiel shipped from the United States - known as an 'Intransit Depot'. Exact location unknown.


Event Location Date
Born Liverpool, Merseyside, UK 28 May 1926
Died Liverpool, Merseyside, UK 31 March 1989

Aged 57


Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 15:47:28 1945Liverpool Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations