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Meet Resident Theresie

Theresie was born on the 17th June 1923 in Rybáře, Czechoslovakia. There she attended elementary school (3 years). In 1937 she entered Commercial Academy in Karlovy Vary, but as her father – who was a Secretary of the Metal Workers Federation – was transferred to Krnov, she had to continue her studies at the Commercial School in Opava.

In 1938 the family moved to Chomutov and Theresie then attended the Commercial School at Most. As both her parents were very active members of the Social Democratic Party they had to leave Chomutov when the German troops marched into Czechoslovakia under the Munich agreement.

They stayed in Poděbrady near Prague until December 1938 when Theresie and her mother came to Great Britain. Here they joined her father – in Brook Lodge, Albury Heath, near Guildford, Surrey.

In January 1939 she went to stay with a British family at “Stoodwell”, Merrow Street, Guildford until September 1939. There she attended a school which was established for a few refugee children of her age.

In 1940 the Czech Refugee Trust Fund arranged for her to attend a short course at Clark’s Commercial College in Guildford. In September 1940 she moved to Mirfield Yorkshire where Theresie took up employment with a glass manufacturing firm as a shorthand typist.

In October 1941 she joined the WAAF as Clerk / GD (ST) and attained the rank of Corporal. She was demobilised in March 1946 and took up employment as shorthand typist with a firm of furnace and kiln builders in Farsley in Leeds.

On the 15th May 1948 Theresie married her husband Herbert, and they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2008.

When Herbert changed jobs in 1949 they moved to Woodford Green and it was here she was employed as Private Secretary by Mr Winter of the Century Glass Works, Edmonton, N18 until she left in 1950.

Sadly, Theresie’s husband Herbert passed away in January 2012, at the age of 88.

Theresie and Herbert had two daughters, Slyvia and Diane who have both gone on to have two children of their own; Anna, Louise, Stephen and Philip. Theresie is now a great grandmother to Philips two children Hazel aged 6 and Molly aged 3.

Rybáře = Fischern
Karlovy Vary = Karlsbad
Krnov = Jägerndorf
Opava = Troppau
Chomutov = Komotau
Most = Brüx
WAAF = Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
GD (ST) = General Duties (Shorthand Typist)