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Ellen Bulfield, the last First World War woman bus conductor, November 1919

First World War conductorette : One of the first conductorettes was Ellen Bullfield. She worked at Holloway Garage from March 1916. The wartime photograph shows her posed with the driver of their B-type bus.

Women conductors were dismissed in 1919 to make way for returning soldiers. Ellen Bullfield was one of the last to go. It was estimated that she had travelled 112,000km (70,000 miles) while in service. She was presented with this certificate at a farewell concert for female staff. Many women resented the return to traditional low-paid ‘female’ jobs.
  • Reference number: 2001/56628
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