Violet Priscilla Lee

Violet became a train guard at just 17.


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Violet Priscilla Lee was born into a railway family in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. She left school at 14 and, after a short spell working in a printers, she got a job as a passenger train guard.

Extract 1: Violet got a job as a train passenger guard – a position usually only available to men who'd spent 30 years working up through the grades. 1:31. Read transcript

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Extract 2: Violet remembers her time spent in the Cotswolds and Wye Valley. 1:54. Read transcript

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Extract 3: Violet recalls her experience of the war, and her time working on the railway and the GWR as a whole. 1:58. Read transcript

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