Socks for the Boys!

My Great Aunt Norah's wartime diaries, 1938-1948


Norah Isabel Hodgkinson was born on 9th March 1925 in the village of Castle Donington, on the border of Derbyshire and Leicestershire. She was the youngest of five children, and her father, Tom, was a postman and her mother Milly, a housewife. She was the third of her siblings to pass the scholarship (exam) and she was a pupil at Loughborough Girls’ High School between 1936 and 1941. After she left school, she worked as a clerk at the LMS railway offices in Derby (later British Rail), where she remained for the rest of her working life. She eventually married but didn’t have any children of her own. She enjoyed travelling, yoga and family history and lived around the northern edges of Derby from the 1960s until her death in 2009. This blog is based on her diaries, which she began in 1938 when she was a twelve year old schoolgirl, and which she continued until the night she died, at the age of 84.

Norah at her 80th birthday party, Donington Manor, March 2005

Norah at her 80th birthday party, Donington Manor, March 2005


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