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Summary: How Dr Meg Kelly came to meet Hilda, Nell and the Chalet School tribe! A prequel to "A Holiday for Christmas" and "The Daft Days".
Rated: General
Categories: Ste Therese's House Characters: Hilda Annersley, Nell Wilson, OC
School Period: Armishire
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Friendship, War
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Series: Dr Kelly and the Chalet School
Chapters: 30 Completed: Yes
Word count: 43987 Read: 39363
Published: 28 Apr 2012 Updated: 18 Aug 2013

1. Chapter 1 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1453 words)
This was meant to be just one chapter telling how Hilda and Nell came to meet Meg Kelly but the characters seem to have taken over so there will be a bit more! Remarks about the uniforms, medal tally and pay of the US Forces were very common, particularly from the Tommies who had to compete with them for the attention of the girls!

2. Chapter 2 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1292 words)
This is on LGM but I hope to post some more soon on both. I am up to my oxters getting ready for a long weekend's teaching (in Ullapool so it has its compensations!)so it mihgt be next week. Thanks to MaryR for feeding a plot bunny!

3. Chapter 3 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1601 words)
The RAMC did suffer a particularly high casualty rate in the retreat to Dunkirk, the speed of the German advance meant that hospitals couldn't be evacuated quickly enough and many medics in the field refused to leave their wounded and were captured along with them.

4. Chapter 4 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1135 words)

5. Chapter 5 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1441 words)
Getting her hands on parachute silk would have been a dream come true for any woman during the War. Strictly speaking it was illegal, but badly torn silk couldn't be reused for parachutes.

6. Chapter 6 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1635 words)
Sorry for the delay in updating - real life takes you unawares at times!

7. Chapter 7 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1457 words)
This is slightly off the main track but ties in with a Swiss era drabble that the plot bunnies have been tempting me with for months! I've always felt poor Rosalie missed out on all the excitement - even her scare in the blackout was never explained!

8. Chapter 8 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1070 words)
As far as I know, coffee was never rationed but it was in short supply, the tea ration was tiny and a lot of people did resort to dandelion roots either on its own or to eke out a small supply of coffee!

9. Chapter 9 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (699 words)
I've laways though Jo would try to find out what she could about Fiona and Flora's home!

10. Chapter 10 U/D 31/7 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1502 words)
The complaint about US forces getting all the girls was usually phrased as "Overpaid, oversexed and over here!" but I didn't think Meg would say that in the School whatever she might say elsewhere! My cousins went back to school after one summer holiday wearing their old shoes with heels and toes cut out. Their mother had the coupons and had paid into the club to get new shoes but they didn't arrive until the end of September. Boots for the Forces had priority for leather.

11. Chapter 11 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1183 words)

12. Chapter 12 by shesings [Reviews - 2] (1394 words)

13. Chapter 13 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1326 words)
Letters seemed the best way to tell the story of Meg at the San!.

14. Chapter 14 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1568 words)
This chapter is a bit mixter-maxter but the bits did seem to fit in an odd way!

15. Chapter 15 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1567 words)
I am taking my calendar from Lesley's excellent 'Hilda Annersley, Headmistress' The evidence of the books is that Hilda's accident was in 1943 when the date of Easter was the 25th April but that doesn't work with either the short Easter term in 'Lavender' or Nell and Hilda going off on holiday after Easter in 'Gay'!

16. Chapter 16 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1574 words)
Apologies for the long pause between updates - RL getting in the road again!

17. Chapter 17 by shesings [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstarstar (1504 words)

18. Chapter 18 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1501 words)

19. Chapter 19 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1566 words)
A combination of tales of wartime Hogmanay celebrations heard from my elders and my own childhood memories. A Guid new Year to you all when it comes!

20. Chapter 20 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1650 words)
The pace of life is hotting up as the Allies gear up for D-Day but thankfully Meg still has time for her friends!

21. Chapter 21 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1925 words)
Sorry this is so long and that there's sadness.

22. Chapter 22 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1613 words)
Wartime letters were so important but could take ages to get through if they got there at all. Censorship could be draconian so writers had to be very careful.

23. Chapter 23 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1606 words)
Meg's unit was in Northern France near the Belgian border and had to retreat when the Ardennes Offensive started on the 16th December 1944. The attack was largely halted by the 23rd December and the counter-offensive was underway. The Luftwaffe had been ordered to launch a major attack, code named Bodenplatte, on 16th December but the weather intervened. Although it was obvious that the tide had turned Hitler insisted that the air attack still took place on the first day there were clear skies, 1st January 1945. Some 800 German planes, many flown by inexperienced young boys, set out to attack allied planes on the ground. 200 allied planes were lost but very few aircrew, and the aircraft were replaced within a week. The Germans lost several hundred aircraft and more than 300 pilots were killed or captured.

24. Chapter 24 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1725 words)

25. Chapter 25 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (932 words)

26. Chapter 26 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1647 words)
Sorry this chapter is a bit long!

27. Chapter 27 by shesings [Reviews - 3] starstarstarstarstar (1792 words)
This is probably politically incorrect but it reflects the real life experience of many people.

28. Chapter 28 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1364 words)
The penultimate chapter!

29. Chapter 29 by shesings [Reviews - 2] starstarstarstarstar (1278 words)
Sorry, THIS is the penultimate chapter - I just couldn't manage to get the wedding and all the chat in one go!

30. Chapter 30 by shesings [Reviews - 4] starstarstarstarstar (1987 words)
Sorry this is both late and long! They all seemed to have much more to say.....................