US News Scotland's oldest World War II heroine dies aged 108

08:10  23 january  2020
08:10  23 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Anne in later years © Women’s Royal Army Corps Association Anne in later years

A Scots World War II heroine who volunteered to serve her country has passed away, aged 108.

Anne Robson was thought to be the oldest surviving female veteran from the era in the UK.

Anne - who was born Gladys Anne Logan MacWatt in Duns, Berwickshire on September 14, 1911, sadly passed away in a care home near Edinburgh.

She witnessed the suffragette movement, over 20 prime ministers, four monarchs, two world wars, the first space launch and the advent of rapidly advancing technology.

She volunteered for the Auxiliary Territorial Service - the women’s branch of the British Army - at the height of the war, forsaking her physiotherapy and teaching career for the duration.

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a person posing for the camera: Scots war heroine Anne Robson in the ATS during World War II © Women’s Royal Army Corps Association Scots war heroine Anne Robson in the ATS during World War II

She joined the ATS in 1942.

Initially she served as a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) and then went on to complete her service in the rank of Senior Commander (Major) as Assistant Inspector ATS Physical Training.

Anne stayed in the Army until the end of WW2. She is said to have remembered VE-Day very fondly, and “had a naughty twinkle in her eye” when recalling the celebrations.

She remained in service for another two years after the war ended when she became a senior lecturer at the Avery Hill College of Education in London.

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She then married primary school headmaster, Jack Robson, in 1953, and the happy couple moved to Newcastle where Anne took up the position of deputy head at the Longhenton Secondary Modern School. Jack passed away in 1972.

Following his death Anne moved back north of the border to St Andrews.

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In later years as the oldest resident of the care home, Anne used to take to the stage at Christmas and give a speech over dinner.

Many described Anne as reserved and a very “gentle woman” and “fiercely independent,” perhaps shown in the fact that she was driving up until the age of 90.

Her “naughty sense of humour” would often have people laughing, friends said, and she was regularly visited in her care home due to this love for laughter.

Anne died at Strachan House Care Home, near Edinburgh.

Anne’s passing was announced by the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association - the organisation which provides help and support to the thousands of brave women who have served their country in the forces.

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