I have an ideal match that I have shown before, but I can't resist showing again!
The girl second left with the long plait is my great aunt Jenny Danson (1897-1986) of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. She worked in the local post office and I was told that this was a group of her work colleagues, all dressed in the same skirts and blouses Jenny had written their names on the reverse - Gerty Roskell, Jenny Danson, Annie Jolly, Margaret Porter, Madge O' Rourke, and Edith Jackson.
A family story related how whilst on duty, a War Office telegram came through for Jenny's widowed mother Maria Danson. Fearing the worst news, Jenny was allowed to run home with it, to discover that brother Frank had been wounded and was in hospital in Malta, but recovering - Jenny had 8 brothers, five of whom were serving in the army in the First World War.
The prompt photograph made me look back at my own life in Uniform and immediately came to mind the lines of the song in Gilbert and Sullivan's opera "Patience":
"When I first put this uniform onI said as a looked in the glass.... "
There was not a strict uniform at my primary school, but I was desperate to wear a gymslip. My mother did not like them, but eventually I got one handed down from my cousin Jose, and wore the school tie and the red girdle round my waist, feeling I had stepped out of one of the school stories I loved to read.