ELIZABETH ALKER 1918 – 2012 – AN ORDINARY WOMAN LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES.
During the Great Depression, in the year 1936, in a sub-district of Wigan, Lancashire, Elizabeth, just 18, discovered she was pregnant. She was an unmarried, only child, and this unfortunate news came after a traumatic few years when she’d lost all her close family members apart from her mum. Her situation was exacerbated by the fact her mum had also been ill for several years. She was suffering severe breathing problems due to breathing in cotton fibres in May Mill, where she worked.
Knowing she would die prematurely due to her poor health, Elizabeth’s mum dearly hoped her daughter would marry the young man from Liverpool she’d been courting, especially now she was expecting a baby.
Fulfilling her request, George Smith, Elizabeth’s young from Liverpool, married her right away. Now, at least, Elizabeth felt protected, less vulnerable should the worst happen to her mum.
Just sixteen months after her son was born and a few weeks after Elizabeth’s twentieth birthday, her mum finally lost her battle for life. Apart from her husband, Elizabeth now had no close family left. As if that tragedy wasn’t enough, eighteen months later, WW2 was declared and her young husband, George, was called to up fight for his country. Finding herself totally alone, except for her young child, in a strange, war-threatened city frightened her. She’d never felt so utterly bereft.
From her own autobiography, see how she fares on her own. Rooted in tragic events, her story also has lots of humour. Told in her own words, you’ll marvel at how her soldier husband got lodgings for her as he was stationed in various places around the country. Her experiences with the various landladies wasn’t always pleasant, but a wonderful family in Cambridgeshire became her surrogate family for a while. So much so, she stayed on with them while her husband moved elsewhere, even putting her young son in school there and finding a job for herself. Those were brilliant times and you’ll laugh at her exploits in the jam factory there. Enjoy Elizabeth’s true-life story, a tragic start but rib-tickling funny in places.
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