Audrey Dallard: A Remarkable Journey

5 March 2024

Audrey Dallard: A Remarkable Journey

Audrey Dallard, born on May 21st, 1925, was a remarkable woman whose life journey spanned decades of resilience, service, and dedication. Despite the challenges she faced, Audrey’s spirit remained unyielding, leaving an indelible mark on those around her.

Audrey’s aspirations for higher education were halted by the outbreak of World War II, forcing her to leave school and embark on a different path. Undeterred, she joined the General Post Office (GPO) as a telephonist, a role that would shape her future endeavors. In London, Audrey worked tirelessly at the Faraday Building’s exchange, connecting people from all corners of the globe. Her commitment extended beyond her duties as she joined the civil defense service, honing her skills in first aid and diesel engine mechanics.

During her time with the civil defense service, Audrey met her future husband, Eddie, amidst the chaos of a disaster site near Burton on Trent. Eddie, a war veteran, had survived harrowing experiences, including being blown up in a tank. Their shared experiences forged a bond that would last a lifetime.

After the war, Audrey and Eddie married and embarked on a journey that took them across the country, yet Audrey’s dedication to serving her community remained unwavering. In Mablethorpe, she joined the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS), organizing and delivering meals on wheels. Her passion for helping others led her to establish Willoughby Riding for the Disabled, providing therapeutic horse riding for those in need. Willoughby was opened by Princess Anne who Audrey was priviledged to meet 3 times

Audrey’s career took diverse paths, from working in telephone exchanges to selling advertising features for local newspapers. Her tenacity and resourcefulness were evident as she spearheaded campaigns to promote new businesses and celebrate community milestones. In 1991 she presuade local firms and businsses to advertise as part of a feature to promote and celebrate the opening of a new care home in Alford, Sandpiper!

In her later years, Audrey faced personal losses with grace and resilience, finding solace in her family and cherished memories. Despite life’s trials, Audrey remained a beacon of strength and positivity, inspiring all who knew her.

Today, Audrey resides at Sandpiper Care Home, where her wisdom and warmth continue to enrich the lives of those around her. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Audrey’s story serves as a testament to the resilience and determination of women everywhere, reminding us of the profound impact one individual can have on the world.

Audrey’s legacy lives on through her daughter Mary, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, a testament to a life well-lived and a spirit that will forever endure.

Newsletter Sign Up

    Book a viewing