Dancing and Driving trucks
LACW MARGARET HENDERSON (OAKES)
WOMENS AUXILIARY AIRFORCE
Seen here is the same uniform as worn by my Grandmother Margaret Mary Henderson (Oakes) in WW2. She grew up in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. Her Father was a Veteran of WW1, a serving NCO in the Duke of Wellingtons Territorials during the Inter War years, and a Warrant Officer with the BEF in WW2.
When war broke out and Margaret became of age, she enlisted in the WAAF to serve her country just like her Father and his before him. Margaret was trained as a Truck Driver and posted to several bases during the war. Perhaps most importantly, she was posted to No. 10 Squadron at Melbourne.
It was during her time there, ferrying Aircrews to their planes, that she met my Grandfather Lloyd Henderson. Lloyd had first noticed Margaret during a particularly rigorous game of field hockey. He watched as she bowled people over on the field and thought to himself, “She’d make a great farmer.”
She certainly did. Although he’d never had a girlfriend and was too shy to ask her himself, Lloyd had a friend ask out Margaret for him and that was the beginning of their lifelong love story.
Margaret and Lloyd were happily married for 74 years and raised a large family in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.