Students unearth a rare wartime service
SHE milked, she hoed, she picked tomatoes and now Poppy Hampson has the medal to show for it.
The 91-year-old resident of Trinder Park aged care service at Woodridge recently received a war service medal for her involvement with the WASPS (Women's Agricultural Security Production Service) during the Second World War.
The WASPS made a significant contribution to the national war effort ensuring food crops were planted and harvested.
Mrs Hampson was a teenager during the Second World War, working on her extended family's three farms in the Daisy Hill area.
"We grew lots of food, like tomatoes, paws paws and mangoes,'' she said.
"I also milked the cows … and had a horse to ride.''
The naturally modest woman did not know she was entitled to the medal - the link was discovered while doing an 'Every Story Counts' project with three students from Mabel Park High School.
The story telling project, organised under the South East Health Pathways
Alliance, aims to connect school students with older people and a future career in health services.
Jessica Barron, in Year 10 at Mabel Park High School, said she wanted to be part of the project to find out more about how people used to live their lives.
"I've always wondered how people used to live and how commercialised we've become,'' she said.
"(Mrs Hampson) used to get up very early just to get her siblings ready and they'd have to travel for ages to get somewhere it would now only take us five minutes.''