Alice was born on 22 November 1915 and went to Norwich Road School in Thetford. "I was born in Peterborough … I came to Thetford when I was 2."
The contributor was born in 1920 at Silkworth, near Sunderland. Her father was a miner and when the mine closed her family moved to London. She became a kitchen maid in the Victoria area at 14, then worked in a restaurant along with her sister before going back into service.