Nancy Dora Dinnis was born on the 4th of April, 1922, the only daughter of Joseph Taylor Dinnis and Annie [Cleeve] Dinnis. She had one elder brother, Jack. Younger brothers Gordon and Ron would follow in the next couple of years. At the outbreak of World War II in 1939 the family were living in Brighton, Sussex. Nancy joined the ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service]. In her own words:
I joined up voluntarily in March 1942 at 19 years of age and went to The Queens Regiment, Guildford for three weeks’ training. From there I was posted to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Battery HQ on Searchlights. I started as a Private and rose through the ranks to become a Troop Commander.
Nancy was posted to a Searchlight Troop HQ – 93rd (M) Searchlight Regiment as…
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