Anne Robson Scotlands Oldest WWII Veteran Dies Aged 108 Credit Womens Royal Army Corps WRAC Association 230120
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Anne Robson: WWII Veteran Dies Aged 108

Anne volunteered to serve in the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1942.

Anne Robson Scotlands Oldest WWII Veteran Dies Aged 108 Credit Womens Royal Army Corps WRAC Association 230120

A woman thought to be Britain's oldest surviving female Second World War veteran has died, aged 108.

Anne Robson volunteered to serve in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), then the women's branch of the British Army, in 1942.

Mrs Robson was also the oldest surviving ATS member and oldest member of the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) Association.

She passed away on Monday at a care home near Edinburgh.

Upon joining the Army, she gave up her physiotherapy and teaching career to serve.

Mrs Robson joined the ATS as a physical training instructor and then went onto complete her service in the rank of Senior Commander (Major) as Assistant Inspector ATS Physical Training.

She served for a further two years after the war ended.

She is said to have remembered VE Day very fondly, and "had a naughty twinkle in her eye" when recalling the celebrations.

Gladys Anne Logan "Anne" Robson was born on 14 September 1911, and witnessed the suffragette movement, four monarchs, two world wars, more than 20 prime ministers, the first space launch and the advent of rapidly advancing technology.

Anne Robson Scotland's Oldest WWII Veteran Dies Aged 108 Credit Womens Royal Army Corps WRAC Association 230120
Anne Robson joined the ATS in 1942 (Picture: Women's Royal Army Corps Association).

Before joining the Army she trained as a physiotherapist in 1933 and later became a teacher that year.

After serving she went back to teaching and became a senior lecturer at the Avery Hill College of Education in London.

She then married primary school headmaster, Jack Robson, in 1953, and moved to Newcastle where she took up the position of deputy head at the Longhenton Secondary Modern School. Her husband Jack passed away in 1972.

Anne was described by some as reserved and a very "gentle woman".

But she was also "fiercely independent" and was driving up until the age of 90.

She is described as having a "naughty sense of humour" and would often have people laughing.