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The Reward for Service [Kindle Edition]

Jessie Howard
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Jessie Edmondstone, a nineteen-year-old Scottish girl, has arrived in England during the 1928 recession. Faced with the prospect of unemployment, she has joined the Navy Army and Air Force Institutes, an organisation set up by the British Government to run recreational establishments for servicemen, and to sell goods to their families.

At the end of her first year as a servant of the services, Jessie has been offered training to become a cook and has agreed to work at the RAF aerodrome at Eastchurch for a few weeks until the next course begins.

Jessie is prepared to work hard, but when she arrives at the canteen, reputed to be the showplace of the area, she suffers the derision of the manageress who expects the latest in a succession of kitchen maids to know the routine.

When a trainee arrives to gain experience of canteen work Jessie is aggrieved that the accident prone cook has attended a course and presumably the supervisor had no intention of keeping her promise.

The canteen is enlivened by the exploits of a new charge hand, who befriends Jessie and accompanies her to Gillingham Hospital.

An emergency operation for appendicitis provides a respite: Jessie is sent to Chatham to convalesce and then home to recuperate. She has no intention of returning to the drudgery of canteen work, but changes her mind when she is offered a job at Preston.

The duties at the canteen at Fulwood Barracks are just as arduous, but there is a friendly atmosphere, and amusing incidents relieve the monotony of the daily routine.

Jessie is rewarded with happiness: a goal to strive for, the respect of her superiors, friendship, and the love of a corporal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LN4VPS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 10 Nov 2013
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good novel my kindle is best buy I ever got becauce now I get all the best novel off amazon this one was a really good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This After Reading the First Book 11 Aug 2013
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This book covers more of Jessie's experiences working for the NAAFI about 10 years before World War Two. It is fascinating and I'm sure the account must be very close to the way Jessie told the stories of her life then to her daughter. It's just amazing to read the horrifically long hours she worked at the NAAFI and how strictly they were treated. It's not a 'misery memoir', though, just the story of a very young working class woman who had bad experiences and good ones. I'd love to read more about Jessie and what happened next.
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