Appointment of the Girl Porters
Letter from Walter Erskine, Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms, to Olive Clark, offering her two daughters employment as Girl Porters and giving details of wages and hours, 17 April 1917. The two girls were Mabel (age 14) and Elsie Clark (age 16). They had a family connection to the Serjeant's department; their uncle, Samuel Clark, was a porter there.
The other two Girl Porters in the House of Commons were Vera Goldsmith (age 16) and Dorothy Hart (age 18), who were previously employed as Girl Messengers in the War Office.