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BAKER, Alice G (b c 1923)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1753 RSP 4 4 BAK
Held at: University of Westminster
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Full title: BAKER, Alice G (b c 1923)
Date(s): c1942-1944 [1999]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Baker | Alice G | b c 1923 | née Rigden
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, c1923; volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 1940; basic training at Guildford; posted to the Records Office at Winchester; moved to Bournemouth; the work included writing up secret war diaries; posted to London to study for six months at Regent Street Polytechnic, 1942; kept apart from the civilian students; taught in the electrical and radio workshops; sent to Gainsborough for the final stages of training, including learning how to search for signals which could be relayed to guns and to calibrate the information; posted to Charminster, working in the radio workshops and on the gun sites; posted to various workshops around England, eventually at Kippings Cross near Pembury, Kent; discharged, 1946; married P R Baker.

The Schools of Engineering at Regent Street Polytechnic were used between 1940 and 1945 for training technicians in various disciplines for the army, navy and air force. Departmental laboratories were used under a double-shift system, and several thousand personnel were trained over the period. Civilian day courses were maintained, but with a restricted number of students, and evening courses were discontinued until the end of the war.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alice G Rigden (subsequently Baker), comprising three notebooks, c1942-1944, containing manuscript notes and diagrams on electrical subjects, all marked 'restricted', from her ATS training; and a brief typescript memoir [1999] of her service in World War Two.

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Open, subject to signing the Regulations for Access form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be supplied, for research use only, unless copyright restrictions apply or the item is too fragile to be copied. Requests to publish original material should be addressed to the University Archivist.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by the author in 1999.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: The Polytechnic Regent Street: Report on Sessions 1938-39 to 1951-52, pp 15-16.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2002

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