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Unknown, but it was then compulsory to attend school until the age of 12.
After the First World War, she worked for many years at Marconi, but probably left in 1950 when she married for the first time.
Women workers at Marconi New Street winding shop, c.1922 (Image courtesy of Tim Wander and the Marconi Company Archive)
Marconi New Street Works in 1920 (Image courtesy of Tim Wander)
Technicians are crucial for scientific research. She was in charge of the coil-winding department, so was a highly skilled manual worker involved in developing radio communication technology
Did You Know?
Paradoxically, because her wartime work was secret, it’s impossible to know exactly what she contributed, but she played an important role in developing spy sets and decoding equipment for the Special Operations Executive.
The British Type 3 Mark II radio she may have worked on (Image courtesy of Tim Wander)
An Inspiring Woman
She excelled at the meticulous intricate work that made radio communication possible. Women who work behind the scenes are often overlooked, but their role is crucial. Appointed a manager, she must also have shown high administrative skills.
A note from King George accompanying Attridge’s BEM (Image courtesy of Tim Wander)