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Margaret Lilian Banks' Logbook

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:32 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Margaret Lilian Banks was a cook in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). She maintained a diary with a record of recipes for meals. It started in November 1943.
She was based in Guildford. She later recounted stories about her time. She mentioned having her fingernails checked every day. The ovens had no temperature gauge. So, cooking involved a lot of guesswork. The diary included an order for Christmas Day at No.7, ATS Training Centre. It is autographed on the second side.


Item list and details

1. Logbook- Guildford (first day's log- 1st November 1943) 2. Christmas Day menu 1943 and autographs

Person the story/items relate to

Margaret Lilian Banks

Person who shared the story/items

Christine Taylor

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

She was the contributor's mother.

Type of submission

Shared at National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire on 17 February 2024.

Record ID

117258 | NMA017