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Departure of the Girl Porters

Letter from Walter Erskine, Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms, to Miss Mary C W Tupp, Superintendant of Girl Messengers at the War Office, 4 March 1919.  He explains that men are returning from war service to their old jobs, and he therefore has to dispense with the services of his three Girl Porters. The girls, Elsie Clark, Dorothy Hart and Vera Goldsmith, wanted to continue in similar employment and he hopes they can transfer to another government department.

He spoke of them in glowing terms: 'It is impossible for me to speak too highly of the way these 3 girls have done their work while at the House of Commons, and their conduct has been exemplary throughout.' Sadly the fourth Girl Porter, Mabel Clark, died of influenza in November 1918.