Edwina Payton (Mailey), ATS, Jerusalem


Sergeant Edwina Payton was Mentioned in Despatches for her bravery after the King David Hotel atrocity. She married B/Sgt James Mailey in Palestine in 1947. When the Mandate ended she stayed on in Jerusalem with local Arabic workers in order to destroy all the documents and then flew to Haifa in a small aircraft, returning to the UK by sea. Edwina went on to serve for 33 years, retiring as a Major. She died in 1978.

Source: Margaret Bellwood, Edwina's sister.