Ruth was born in 1919 and lived in Kew, west London during the war with her family. Her aunt had a place in Eastbourne on the south coast of England, so she went down there quite often for a visit to get away from the Blitz in London.
Ruth joined the WRNS in Liverpool. She then came back to London and was sent to Greenwich to work at the Royal Naval College. Ruth became a Commissioned Officer in the WRNS, which stood for Women’s Royal Naval Service, commonly known as the WRENs. She worked in Chiswick, which was the main hub for communications between Churchill, the navy, army and RAF. Her boss told her ‘if that red telephone rings, pick it up and answer it because it will be Churchill at the end of the phone’. The phone did ring and it was her my job to make sure it was transferred to all the forces that were connected with all the gunnery stations dotted around London.