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Girl Porters in Parliament

“An innovation” Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms Walter H. Erskine, 1917.

In April 1917 because of labour shortages and conscription, four Girl Porters were employed in the House of Commons to deliver letters and other items between offices. Aged between 14 and 18, they impressed the initially sceptical Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms with their conduct and work ethic, but were discharged in March 1919 when the male staff returned from the war.

To find out more about the Girl Porters and their work in Parliament, click the link on the right.