So many different types of people. And I had to do so many things which I didn't agree with, with people perhaps I wouldn't have associated with normally, that it made one much more tolerant and much more... made you see the other person's point of view, even if you didn't agree with it. And I think, on the whole, that it made a lot of people, not only me, much better people for it.
And I think you'll find that, if you could see, not en masse, but perhaps 30 or 40 people, like myself, put them in a room, and the ones that were in the war the whole of the time, that had tragedies, as well as happiness, you could pick them out.
This transcript is from a 1995 interview with Mary Coomer. (NAM. 1995-06-56)
Mary served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1938 to 1945. She was one of the first to be selected to go to France with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). After evacuating back to England in 1940, she served on the Home Front for the rest of the Second World War.