Woman of the Week, Mrs. H. R. Brookes, Evening Telegram, 1946, October 12, p.8
One of the many willing war workers, the story that Mrs. H.R. Brookes has to tell is one that is familiar to many others who battled winter storms and gave up much of the comfort of normal life and the pleasures of social life to assist in the war work
Mrs. Brookes was a member of a little group of ten or twelve women who banded themselves together in a club to which they gave the name of “Merrymakers”. This group was the nucleus of the Women’s Patriotic Association, and gave cheerful service at the Red Triangle.
This group took over the first night, that the Red Triangle was opened, for Canteen Service, and continued its activities throughout the war. The “Merrymakers” are still in existence, meeting at one another’s houses and confining their activities now, to collecting money to be given to various causes, and knitting garments for the needy.
“Mrs. A. G. Gosling organized us,” Mrs. Brookes said, “and later was transferred to the St. John Ambulance, after which Mrs. Wm. Tessier and I took over. My job was on the cash, and checking the number of servicemen passing through our hands. I had charge of the cash for the duration. Our duty periods were Tuesday afternoons and Saturday nights, from seven to eleven- thirty, but we were seldom free at that hour. There was always somebody wanting extra meals. Our little group enjoyed the first meal of bacon and eggs prepared in the kitchen of the Red Triangle.”
“For many, possibly for most of us, it was not always easy. We had the usual problems to contend with - sickness, bad weather and maidless periods - but we kept the work up.”
“Our group started at the Red Triangle at its very beginning. We went on that first night, and until it folded up, the same group was working there. We were their Christmas and New Year’s Days, serving free dinners, but in spite of these minor drawbacks, we all enjoyed the work, and it gave us great satisfaction to be of real help.”
There was, indeed, no other recompense for those devoted workers than the knowledge that they were doing a good, useful and necessary work. Indeed, no other recompense was necessary, and this country has reason to be proud of its daughters, who, all over the Island, grouped themselves together to do their part in the war.