Civilian Workers at RAF Cardington

Margaret Cox canteen teamSM

Margaret Cox (centre front row) with colleagues in 1942-45.

This photograph shown with kind permission of Mrs Margaret Cox shows her and other ladies who worked in the canteen on the camp during WW2. In her own words....

'This photograph was taken outside the civilian canteen around 1942-1945 although the work was hard we had some great times. During the morning we would go over to the Offices and Fabric Shop with a trolley with tea and coffee for the workers, then at lunch time meals were served. I worked in a small room come shop off the canteen selling different chocolates and sweets when available as there was still rationing. I met my husband while working in the canteen. He was an MT driver working at 25 MT Hartelbury. He used to come to Cardington regularly. We moved and came to live in Shortstown in Oct 1955 - he got a transfer from Hartelbury"
Thank you Mrs Cox!

*This article first appeared on

"My name is Michael Spavins, I was born and bred in Bedford and lived with my parents at Hartington St. During my youth RAF Cardington was a major employer in the area and at age sixteen and a half I obtained employ with the Air Ministry Works Dep (AMWD) at the camp. I was employed as a Trainee Storeman in a busy storage area. My main tasks were packing and despatching Runway Electrical Accessories to various RAF Units worldwide. During quiet periods I was employed on painting tasks.

Thank you Mr Spavins for sharing your memories with us and thanks to Alan Thomas for kindly jotting them down. (Added to this website May 2012)

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