Celia Osborne from Eastbourne was a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women's branch of the British Army in wartime. A Lance-Corporal, she volunteered for ''overseas duty'', joining the first major batch of women to land on the Normandy Beaches a month after D-Day.
The Battle of Normandy was still raging. They were dug into covered holes a couple of miles from the beaches. The women were clerks and secretarial staff working on orders issued to the troops as they advanced. Celia boarded a troop ship in Southampton in July 1944 as part of a group of 200 women.
She landed on the Mulberry Harbour at Corselles, after a journey of 24 hours, including a transfer onto a landing craft. The women worked in makeshift offices under canvas. Celia followed the group all the way to Belgium and was there when the war ended.